District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) report spending the week checking angling activity and working on cases from the fall. Time was spending checking angling activity over the weekend. Numerous anglers were out taking advantage of the nice weather by boat and on the ice. Some fishing violations were detected.

CO Phil George (Rochester) checked anglers and a few snowmobiles and taught the laws and ethics portion of a snowmobile safety class.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Fishing success was mixed, but some nice northerns were seen taken. Heyn also worked on equipment and other case follow up.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports ice fishermen were out in good numbers with the warmer temps. Sauger / walleye continue to bite below local dam sites. He investigated a TIP call involving a deer taken out of season. Enforcement was taken. Coyote hunters are taking advantage of the small cover. Attended a volunteer instructor meeting at the Gopher State Sportsman Club

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports closing out deer cases from the fall. Time was also spent checking a few snowmobilers out earlier in the week before the warm up. Riding was fair to poor. CO Boyum also checked coyote hunters and small game hunters. A few trappers are out snaring coyotes and having some luck. He reports seeing a fair numbers of pheasants out in the field scratching for corn.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The nicer weather brought out more fishermen but the winter success has slowed down a little. The coyote hunters are still having some success. He also worked on some big game investigations from the fall.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) continues to spend time checking ice fishermen. The area lakes seem to be getting more pressure than usual winter fishing. Hemker also spent time in St. Paul during the week.

Rochester #2 - vacant.