Enforcement information


Regulations, rules, training

District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2017-03-27

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports only a few people out on the river but most of them had fish. He checked taxidermists in the area and saw some ATV activity. Ice fishing in the area is over.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week on the Mississippi and trout streams. Fishing success was mixed. CO Heyn also attended meetings and had a high school senior do a job shadow ride along.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) attended a law enforcement meeting as part of the annual Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee. Time was also spent checking shore anglers and anglers on the Mississippi River. Many fishermen were reporting a good fish bite and many large walleye were observed. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, no angling license, failure to have a legal lifesaving device on board, failure to have a fire extinguisher on board, and fail to display valid registration.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports dealing with incidental otter from beaver trappers. Time was also spent investigating deer complaints. CO Boyum received a fisher from a subject that found it dead alongside of the road. Although they have been seen in this area before, it is unusual. Trout anglers have been doing well.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sport fishing and ATV enforcement. Additional efforts were spent handling miscellaneous wildlife complaints and assisting State Patrol with a crash. CO Seamans investigated the mysterious death of a turkey in the city of Rochester. A wanton waste complaint was also investigated. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with an extra line.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week of backwater fishing enforcement as well as working on some more deer investigations. Fishing is still going strong but the ice became unfishable on Friday. It was replaced by both shore and boat fishermen in force over the weekend. Enforcement this week involved unlawful method and license issues.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports taking enforcement action on various burning violations throughout the week. A would-be violator was deterred after the officer discovered a pile of cabinets, carpet, and other various household items stacked approximately eight feet in the air placed on an already prohibited materials burn pile. The subject was grateful the officer stopped the violation before it occurred and agreed to dispose of the items in the trash. CO Hill checked trout fishermen throughout the station and handled various miscellaneous animal complaints. CO Hill attended the annual Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee conference in Red Wing.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers and ATV operators. CO George spoke at three different firearm safety classes and issued wildlife possession permits. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.

CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) attended the UMRCC in Red Wing. Good information was shared with CO?s from multiple states. CO Fogarty took enforcement action on AIS (boat plug), passing in a no passing zone, and trapping violations. CO Fogarty also checked anglers and boaters on the Mississippi River. Good numbers of anglers were out even in the rainy weather.