12 anglers caught in fishing-guide operation in northern Minnesota


An investigation into a guided fishing operation on Lake of the Woods in far northern Minnesota has netted 12 people facing 80 charges for a variety of violations, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

The investigation dates to last summer and has involved 40 conservation officers.

Last month, authorities swept into the lake region, among the state's most popular for anglers, and executed search warrants as part of the fish-poaching probe, the Star Tribune reported.

At the time, about two dozen people, including some fishing guides, were targeted in the investigation. Many of the cases involved “double-tripping," a practice in which anglers catch fish, then leave the lake only to return later to catch more above their limit, the newspaper reported.

In an update, the Star Tribune reports that the charges include:

– 23 citations for over-limit of walleyes

– 19 citations for packing fish without a packing license

– 10 citations for illegally transporting walleyes

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