District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Lots of people were out with the nice weekend weather and various violations were detected including a BWI. Heyn also assisted with an AIS saturation detail on the river and a number of people contacted still fail to remove the boat drain plugs.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent most of the week and weekend checking angling activity on the Mississippi River. Fishing was good towards the end of the week but slowed down a little over the weekend. Large numbers of anglers were taking advantage of the nice weather conditions. Time was also spent checking an ATV complaint area and responding to landowner concerns about the upcoming turkey hunting seasons. Some fishing and boating violations were detected.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the fishing in the area continues. He investigated complaints of taking bass out of season and ATV trespass. Hemker participated in a group fishing, boating, and AIS check in the Red Wing area. He also inspected a game farm.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports spending extra time enforcing invasive species laws. Walleye and sauger bite has slowed down. Enforcement included no fishing license and failure to remove boat plug while transporting a boat on the roadway.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a very busy week of fishing enforcement on and around the big river. The perch bite was strong early in the week but slowed a little over the warm weekend. In addition bass, northern, walleye, sauger all were checked in the bag along with some sunfish and crappies. Violations involved, license, safety equipment, and registration issues.

CO Phil George (Rochester) taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms safety class, spoke at a boat and water safety class and ATV safety class. Lots of angling activity occurring. Officer George took a TIP complaint of too many fish being taken. Other enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and using extra lines.

Rochester #2 - vacant.