District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the Mississippi is putting out lots of fish. Saw all species while checking anglers this past week. Trout streams are in excellent condition. Fall waterfowl and deer questions are coming on every day. Farmers are dealing with several nuisance beaver that have flooded their fields. Depredation permits are active on several farms where deer damage is high.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers and watercraft users. A boat and water detail was completed and a firearms safety field day was set up. Enforcement action was taken for failure to pull the drain plug and various other watercraft issues.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing and boating enforcement on the Mississippi River. Fishermen continue to have good success with sauger, walleye and catfish along with some pan fish being checked. Several long term investigations were reviewed and prepared for and a deer case was disposed of.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the canoe landings in the area checking for boat registrations and PFDs. Compliance was high as was activity. CO Boyum also attended the Basil Irwin annual pistol competition and training where Minnesota took top honors. CO Boyum received multiple calls on the upcoming deer season, crossbow permits and a few trespass issues. Bowhunter?s are encouraged to contact their landowners every year.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week and weekend checking invasive species activity along with anglers and boaters. Time was also spent working with the county attorney?s office on cases from last deer season. Numerous river users are experiencing trouble getting around due to the low water levels. Some boating and fishing violations were detected.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports checking fishing, ATVs, and boating. There were many rattlesnake calls during the week including one where a person shot it with a BB gun as it went into their garage. Hemker checked a license of a person that was fishing on the border waters. The person showed him an application for a Wisconsin fisher permit. Hemker attempted to explain the difference between fishing and taking a fisher.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during the week. Several boat and water details were worked with various boating and fishing violations detected. Heyn also did some online training.

Rochester #2 - vacant.