District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working ice fishing and snowmobile enforcement, as well as attending training at Camp Ripley. Then new snowfall has made the area trails very busy as many folks are out enjoying them. Fishing on the backwater has been spotty but some very nice perch and sunfish were seen. The tip-up guys are also having some success with northerns. Enforcement activity revolved around licenses, registration, and speed violations.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports snowmobilers had a great weekend with the new snow. Assisted with the Houston youth snowmobile class. Fishing continues to be spotty.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) patrolled for sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement. Many snowmobilers were out on area trails taking advantage of the nice weather. Enforcement action was taken included fishing without a valid license in possession, failure to display snowmobile registration, and operating a snowmobile over the state speed limit (50 mph). Be sure to check the snowmobile regulations booklet for instructions on how to properly display registration.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time attending training at Camp Ripley, checking angling and snowmobile activity. The weekend was spent checking anglers and having a snowmobile work crew in the area with three other officers. Hundreds of sleds were contacted over the course of the weekend. The trails were in good condition and the violation rate was very low. Angling pressure remains steady but the catching is still slow. Time was also spent testifying in a court trial on a case from the past deer season. Some fishing and snowmobile violations were detected.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports a busy week of snowmobiling. Trails were in good shape and riders took advantage of the good weather. Violations encountered were speed, expired registration, fail to transfer ownership and trespass. Time was spent patrolling for snowmobiles illegally operating on cross country ski trails as well. Trout anglers were out as were a few small game hunters. Coyote hunters have been doing well.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked checking anglers, snowmobile operators, and ATV operators. Attended training at Camp Ripley. Violations encountered were possess small mouth bass during catch and release season only, no angling license, angle with extra lines, fail to give notice of transfer and no current registration on a snowmobile.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports busy snowmobile activity in area. He checked many sleds but found only few violations. There was heavy fishing pressure but not many fish on the ice. He also attended two days of a middle school fishing for an outdoor education class.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly snowmobiles during the week. Details were worked with other officers and a lot of sleds were out and contacted with the recent snowfall. Heyn also attended training at Camp Ripley.

Zumbrota - vacant.