District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week following up on deer cases and checking ice fishing activity. Ice anglers continue to take advantage of the early ice conditions in the area. Some limits of fish were seen in the bucket and some angling violations were detected.

CO Phil George (Rochester) checked waterfowl hunters and deer hunters and continued follow up on a trespass complaint. Enforcement action was taken for failure to register big game and litter. There are a lot of carcasses ending up in the road ditch. Your trash hauler will likely take your debris. Ice anglers are still out but the rising temps are rotting the ice so be careful.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports backwaters are putting out nice panfish. Walleye and sauger are being caught below the dams by anglers in boats. He talked to a snowmobile safety classes in LaCrescent and Caledonia. He assisted CO Boyum with illegally taken deer complaint.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating deer that had been illegally shot. Time was also spent checking muzzleloader hunters. Success was fair at best. Trappers have been out with the warmer weather having some success with raccoon while coyote hunters are waiting for cold and snow. A few small game hunters were out in the warm weather as well.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working mainly big game and fishing enforcement along with talking with a few trappers. The deer hunters are still finding a few deer and the warm weather brought out an increase in the number of hunters. Pan fish action on the big river remains good with some very nice fish checked.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a slow end to the deer muzzleloader season with plenty of hunters but limited success. Boats started to reappear in the area fishing walleye as the river reopened. He attended a snowmobile safety class and worked with an interpreter and SE Asian hunters on hunting laws and firearms safety. Hemker also continues to help the Sheriff?s Office search for a drowning victim. He also attended a snowmobile safety class.

Rochester #2 - vacant.