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How many don't get caught by the DNR?
08-02-2018, 07:26 AM
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How many don't get caught by the DNR?
KIMT NEWS 3 - A married couple was found with 273 crappies after a day of fishing at Fairmont's Lake Sisseton. The state's legal possession limit for crappies is 10 per person.

"Any time you come across a regulation, there's a good reason behind it," explains Rob Benjamin, DNR area fisheries supervisor In Lanesboro.

Those reasons include making sure there's enough fish to go around and to protect spawning and endangered species.

"Our fish in Minnesota are a public resource and they're intended to serve the entire public. Any one individual taking and exorbitant number like that clearly violates the public's trust," says fisherman and vice chair of the National Trout Center George Spangler.

The couple was caught because someone who saw them taking the excessive number of fish called the DNR's anonymous "Turn In Poachers" hotline.

"We don't have conservation officers behind every tree or on every lake. It just isn't the way it is. Sometimes they're lucky to have one per county," explains Benjamin.

That's why the public can play a large role in holding anglers and hunters accountable to following regulations.

To immediately report a violation, you can call the 24-hour tipline at 800-652-9093 or text #TIP on your cell phone.

To report a violation that is not time sensitive, click here for the DNR's website.

Reported incidents will be investigated by a conservation officer. Reporting a violation that leads to an arrest could land you a reward up to $1,000, depending on the severity of the crime reported.

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08-13-2018, 10:33 AM
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A lot don't get caught by the DNR and obviously its not their fault, if people want to break laws, they will break the laws. For some reason it is too hard for people to throw fish back into the water, not sure why. I was told by a local CO up at LOTW that in the wintertime when they were able to do road side stops that 90% of all wheel houses would either be over limit OR have illegal sized fish in possession. 90% you kidding me!(He said "No"), so if there's 10,000 wheel houses on that lake during the winter time, simple math will tell you how many fish get taken out that shouldn't be. I don't care how big the lake, that big of a number will have an effect on a fishery.

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