District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking angling activity. Fishing pressure dropped off a little as the week went on and the weather got colder. Time was also spent dispelling rumors of a mountain lion siting in the area.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers, ATV and snowmobile operators, and a few small game hunters. A talk was given to the local school district. A complaint of nuisance animals was taken.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fishing success really slowed down this past week. Coyote hunters are seeing coyotes during day light hours. He attended and gave a presentation to a firearms safety class in Houston and a snowmobile safety class in Spring Grove. He completed mandatory online training.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers during the week. Heyn also assisted at the Eel Pout Festival in Walker. Lots of recreational violations were detected including several DWI?s.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports some snowmobiling and fishing are occurring in the area. He checked taxidermists and is following up with other states on information learned. He investigated a dumping complaint where trash, including furniture, was dumped onto a frozen creek; he found the responsible party. Hemker also spent time at an Izaak Walton League fishing derby where over 150 kids enjoyed ice fishing.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating multiple dumping complaints. Calls about the spring turkey season are starting to come in. Time was also spent with online training. Snowmobile activity has been slow.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing, ATV, and some snowmobile enforcement as well as completing some follow up on investigations. Fishing has been slow. Area trails could use some more snow, but some folks are still getting a few miles in.

Rochester #2 - vacant.