Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) worked AIS and sport fishing enforcement throughout the week. CO Hill gave a presentation to the fish and wildlife classes at Zumbrota High School about fish and game laws and CO job duties. CO Hill received a call about a muskie that had been caught and placed inside of a cooler. Luckily, the angler decided to stick around and continue fishing. CO Hill made contact with the angler and a citation was issued for keeping a muskie out of season.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and rec vehicles during the week. With all the rain and high water the fishing has been slower. CO Heyn also handled other calls and assisted other agencies.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking shore anglers. Rainy weather during the week made activity slow but people that braved the elements had some success. A talk was given at the Red Wing Audubon Chapter meeting and an angler harassment complaint was received. Assistance was given to Goodhue County SO with a disturbance call and Red Wing Police Department with a suspicious person. No enforcement action to report.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sport fishing and boat/water safety. Additional time was spent handling miscellaneous wildlife complaints and patrolling for turkey hunters. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license and possessing a bass out of season. Fishing action on area reservoirs was beginning to pick up with the nice weather but has since slowed with the cold.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked anglers, ATV operators, and checked ORV complaints. Enforcement action included license issues and possession of bass during catch and release season.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing activity on the big river and backwaters this week. The pan fish were beginning to be found on the beds as the river had dropped and began to warm up before this week?s rain and cold. Fishing at this time is pretty tough with the high, fast and cold water. Some training was attended and numerous calls returned reference normal spring activity and complaints.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the high water has slowed fishing activity. He went to Camp Ripley for training and responded to many baby and nuisance animal complaints. A buck albino deer that had been known to be in the area for a while was hit on the roadway.

CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) worked anglers and boaters on the Mississippi River. High water levels have made fishing difficult. The Mississippi River is at flood stage and is reported to crest sometime late next week. CO Fogarty cautioned boaters and anglers to be careful with increased current and debris in the river. Enforcement action taken this week included angling without a license and failure to have trout stamp while in possession of a trout. CO Fogarty also issued a permit for a road killed bobcat and river otter.