District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-04-22

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a good start to the turkey season with some success reported. He investigated ATV complaints and went to annual training. As he was returning to his residence at 10:00pm on a weekend night he observed an out of control wildfire on a nearby bluff. Local fire departments were contacted and residents were notified. Hemker also spoke about his career at a local high school.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week on the backwaters of the big river, as well as attending in-service training and working first season turkey hunters. The big river is up and a little cold, and fishing has been a little slow, but the trout fishermen have been having pretty good success. Some turkeys were checked, but the birds appeared to still be bigger groups.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked turkey hunters during the week. Hunters checked had mixed success, but some were getting birds. Heyn also attended annual training at Camp Ripley.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking frustrated turkey hunters. Gobblers being henned up and unresponsive was common. Success was limited. Trout anglers were doing a little better with good stream conditions and warmer weather. CO Boyum also attended in-service training at Fort Ripley.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time last week doing training at Camp Ripley. The weekend was spent checking ATV activity, as well as fishing and boating activity. Numerous ATVs were out taking advantage of the spring weather. Trout anglers were doing well but river anglers were struggling to find any fish. Most boats that were checked did not have any fish on board. Some fishing, boating and ATV violations were detected.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports windy week to start the turkey opener. The weekend shaped up and hunters had good success bagging birds. Trout streams are in good condition. The Mississippi River is at 11.5 with normal being about 5. Most landings are still open, but the water is right at the top of the ramps. The cold weather once again shut down river fishing. Enforcement for the week included no fishing license, fail to display registration on an ATV, and take two turkeys with one shot.

CO Phil George (Rochester) took litter complaints and followed up on a waters violation. ATV operators are reminded of the road ditch ban in place until August 1st. Officer George checked anglers throughout the week and answered many questions regarding the turkey season, zone boundaries, and license issues. Some turkey hunters had success. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an ATV.

Rochester #2 - vacant.