Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2018-02-20

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked fishing activity as well as small game and predator hunters. He found two squirrel hunters using high top football cleats to navigate the snowy bluffs. Hemker has been getting help from landowners where deer had been shot at night.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking ice anglers. She also spent time assisting local agencies with various calls, attending a Red Wing Wildlife League meeting, and giving a presentation along with CO Kylan Hill to the Cannon Falls Triad group. She also completed station aeration inspections. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working ice fishing on Lake Pepin and the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Fishing has been spotty, but some nice saugers were found on the ice along with some limits of bluegills and a few pike. Both snowmobile and ATV riders were contacted throughout the week with some registration issues addressed. Prodzinski also provided the county attorney?s office with additional documentation and information in preparation for some upcoming hearings.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking trout anglers who were out during the warmup. Success and compliance were good. He also spent time returning calls about the upcoming spring turkey hunt. Shed hunters are active and having success.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and snowmobile riders during the week. Some anglers are using their boats; fishing success was mixed. Heyn also attended meetings and handled other calls.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports working a heavy week of snowmobile and ice fishing enforcement with other officers on Lake of the Woods. Walleyes, saugers, and a few decent-sized pike were seen in the bucket. Hill was happy to see anglers from multiple states enjoying their fishing. Violations included no license in possession and possessing dressed fillets. There was lots of snowmobile activity around Lake of the Woods with multiple unregistered sleds contacted. Other violations included no headlight and failure to display registration.

Rochester #1 vacant.

Rochester #2 vacant.

LaCrescent vacant.