Angler caught with 228 sunfish over limit


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.

Next Up


11 more people charged in massive magazine scam plead guilty

In total, 63 people from across the U.S. were charged in what prosecutors called the "largest elder fraud scheme in the nation."

Alex Stalock

Wild goalie Alex Stalock claimed off waivers by Oilers

The South St. Paul native will be heading to Edmonton.

Mortensen becker-finn

Shakopee GOPer posts DFL lawmaker's personal cell number on Facebook

Rep. Erik Mortensen has been accused of 'doxxing' Twin Cities lawmaker Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn.

derek chauvin

Minneapolis scraps plan to pay 'influencers' to share information during Chauvin trial

The plan to pay influencers to share city-approved messages during the trials of the officers charged in George Floyd's death drew criticism.


Toddler called 911 and said 'baby' was dead, turned out to be her doll

We're checking into whether the doll is named 'Chucky.'

Target Center

NCAA Women's Final Four 2022 will be held in Minneapolis

The NCAA unveiled the logo for the 2022 Final Four on Monday.


As golf season approaches, book your round now at Dacotah Ridge GC

The stunning course is designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones.


Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run in St. Paul Sunday evening

The incident occurred near the intersection of Phalen Boulevard and Atlantic Street.


Farmington man killed in rear-end crash

The man was stopped waiting to turn left when he was hit from behind.

vaccine, covid

More than half of Minnesota's 65+ population has received a vaccine dose

Gov. Tim Walz has stated that 70% of seniors will need to have received at least one vaccine does before the state can expand eligibility.


DNR: Anglers caught with nearly 70 fish beyond limit

The Department of Natural Resources says three anglers on the Rainy River, along the Minnesota-Canadian border, face $3,000 in fines.