Tim Collette tries very hard every day to protect the natural resources of central Minnesota.
Collette was raised in the Nisswa area and became a Nisswa Fishing Guide just like any young fellow who loved to fish and be outside in the elements. The former fishing guide is very tuned into any possible way a person could abuse the privilege of fishing in the state. With his green pickup and boat in tow, he pulled up at Sachs Channel, also know as Woodtick Ditch Thursday. The early season panfish anglers did not change their behavior as he walked from one shore angler to another, checking licenses and catch limits.
Every angler had a current license and every one was within the limit. No citations were issued. Collette has been a conservation officer for seven years, starting his career in Cass Lake, moving to Longville, on to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and currently Pequot Lakes.
With the early spring weather, the panfish anglers are out in full force and the conservation officers are hitting the water early, too. With the Minnesota walleye and northern pike season slated for May 12, the officers have an unusual spawning season to monitor. The fish will spawn early and be back in deep water before the traditional opener.