Last updated: 2017-02-22
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week checking ice anglers and handling miscellaneous wildlife complaints. Additionally, time was spent conducting taxidermy and minnow retailer inspections. Enforcement action for the week included fishing without a license in possession and failing to have a minnow retailer license.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking fishermen both on the ice and on the open water of the Mississippi River. A city council meeting and Red Wing Police department meeting were attending. A presentation was also given for a local club. Assistance was given to Red Wing PD on a suspicious persons call and a trespassing complaint was followed up on. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, fail to display valid registration on a watercraft, no fire extinguisher, and fail to have legal life saving device on board.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating multiple reports of trespassing while shed antler hunting. Time was also spent checking trout anglers. Good numbers of fishermen were out enjoying the good weather and the fishing was fair to good. CO Boyum is investigating a timber violation on state forest land and also illegal ATV use on state forest land. Fishing on the Mississippi has been good.
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the weekend assisting with a border detail. He assisted with a minnow retailer inspection and a taxidermist inspection. He also issued a wild animal possession permit. Enforcement action included possession of live minnows on a designated trout lake, extra lines, and unattended lines.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) completed a taxidermy inspection, attended the annual Red Wing PD meetings, and attended a Red Wing City Council meeting with neighboring officers. CO Hill also presented a law talk for a firearm?s safety class at the Cannon Falls Sportsman?s Club. CO Hill assisted other officers in searching for a missing person on the Mississippi River with the help of airboats. CO Hill took advantage of the mild February weather and checked fishermen boating on the Mississippi River. Enforcement action for the week included fail to display valid ATV and watercraft registration, no fishing license in possession, and no fire extinguisher or personal flotation device on board a watercraft.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working more fishermen on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The ice is deteriorating with the warm weather but the fishing has been pretty good and the activity level is very high. The open water anglers have also been finding success below the dam. Late night airboat assistance was given on the big river to the Winona County Sheriff Department reference an overdue boater.
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) saw an increase in activity on the Mississippi during ice out. Ice conditions are unpredictable, spotty and all around unsafe. CO Fogarty checked ice anglers, open water anglers, and ATV operators. Enforcement action was taken on angling with extra lines, angling without a license in possession, and multiple ATV violations. CO Fogarty took a report of a possible shot Bald Eagle. The eagle was located approximately one half mile off the road and appeared to have suffered trauma from being struck by a vehicle.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports boats fishing the area with some walleye being caught. CO Hemker used the airboat to search for a lost kayaker and to transport fishermen over poor ice after a fisherman went through the ice and spent over 30 minutes in the water. CO Hemker also assisted local fire and rescue help a hiker that had slipped and was stuck on a bluff ledge.