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Minnesota couple went over the crappie limit ... by 253 fish

The crappies were biting like crazy on a southern Minnesota lake.

A highly successful day of fishing for a southern Minnesota couple means they're now facing charges for keeping well above the state's crappie catch limit.

A DNR incident report sent to Bring Me The News says police and conservation officers found some 273 crappies frozen in the home of Mountain Lake couple Isouvahn Xayachack, 70, and wife Chanhthone Phongsim, 60.

That is the small matter of 253 more crappies than the 10 each they were allowed to keep.

It turns out, the crappies were biting like crazy on Lake Sisseton in Fairmont on May 20, leading to a huge haul for the couple, who were fishing with four others.

Another angler, who themselves had caught 13 crappies "in the matter of minutes," phone in to Minnesota's "Turn in Poachers" (TIP) line, noting that he'd watched the party of six nearby fish for more than an hour, reeling in over 100 fish during that time.

Two of the party put some of the fish in their vehicles, with the tipster noting down their license plates.

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When officers got to the couple's house, they found 25 bags of crappie in a chest freezer. Of the 253 extra above the limit, 160 were frozen whole and 93 had been butterflied.

The couple was allowed to keep the limit of 10 crappie each, but are now facing fines and could potentially have to pay back thousands of dollars in restitution after being charged with possession of fish over the limit.

The DNR's Turn in Poachers line offers rewards of up to $1,000 for reporting a violation that leads to an arrest. A violation can be reported anonymously by calling 800-652-9093 24 hours a day,.

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