Three Anglers Facing Big Fines For Catching Nearly 70 Fish Over Limit

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 6:17 am

Three anglers are now facing fines in the neighborhood of $3000 for catching nearly 70 fish beyond the limit.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, 50-year-old Daniel Hastings of Baudette, 50-year-old James Fleck of Hillman and 67-year-old Gerald Hatch of Milaca all were caught with fish exceeding the current angling limits. Hastings was also charged for fishing without a license.

The three men were fishing on the Rainy River along the border between Minnesota and Canada during the fishing opener.

The conservation officer responding to the tip call said that Fleck had 40 sunfish and 11 walleye over the legal limit, Hatch had 12 walleye over the limit and Hastings had six northern pike over the limit.

The officer also took an amount of marijuana from Hastings’ person.

The DNR reminds the public that anyone seeing a fishing or wildlife violation should contact the nearest conservation officer or law enforcement agency.

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