District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports turkey hunting success has slowed as expected with only a few turkey hunters checked. He investigated illegal fishing and turkey hunting trespass. He continues to see a good number of youth turkey hunters. Hemker had many nuisance animal calls including a bear in a bird feeder.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking turkey hunters in the area. Hunters are reporting ?henned up? toms and success varied. Good gobbling until about 8 a.m. and then silence was what multiple hunters reported. Time was also spent looking into public waters issues and complaints. A TIP call was received reference subjects taking to many trout. Upon checking the subjects it was found that they were within their limits.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) checked numerous anglers, ATV riders, and turkey hunters. Additional efforts were put towards boat and water safety and invasive species enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for failing to validate/attach a turkey site tag, failing to display valid ATV registration, and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. A Firearms Safety presentation was given at Gamehaven Scout Camp. CO Seamans was pleased to see removed drain plugs on 100 percent of boats checked at Lake Zumbro launch.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking angling and watercraft activity. He took complaints of litter and turkey hunters not tagging their birds. He assisted Goodhue County in the search for a missing person and assisted the sheriff?s office with a complaint of pigs running loose and investigated a trespass complaint in Wabasha County.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishermen and turkey hunters and checking some very nice birds and excited youth hunters. The trout streams are in very good shape and most folks are having some success. The big river is also getting a lot more pressure as the weather warms up and folks are experience a variety of success.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking anglers on the Mississippi River in the Red Wing area. Fishing success remains low. Time was also spent checking ATV complaint areas and talking at a FAS class in Red Wing. Some fishing and boating violations were detected.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and turkey hunters during the week. Turkey hunters checked were having a tough hunt. Heyn also had court and worked on equipment.

Zumbrota - vacant.