Angler caught with 228 sunfish over limit

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A 69-year-old Otter Tail County man has been hooked by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for catching nearly 250 fish over the legal limit, Forum Communications reports.

A DNR conservation officer came across Ronald Wayne Johnson as he was preparing to pull his portable fish house off West Spitzer Lake, Forum reports. As the two chatted, Johnson asked the officer if he had too many fish, and invited the officer back to his home to check out his vast catch.

The officer found that the angler had 228 sunfish, seven bass and six northern pike more than the legal limit, Forum reported.

Anglers convicted of being over the limit can't get a fishing license for three years, and could face up to $3,000 in fines and one year in jail. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Douglas County Court in February.

Johnson is hardly the first angler netted by the DNR. The DNR discovered a 39-year-old Otsego man last May who was more than 400 over the limit.

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