Charges say anglers were over their limit – by 676 fish


Half a dozen anglers from Indiana visited a northwestern Minnesota lake and exceeded their limit of sunfish and crappies by 676 fish, the Department of Natural Resources says.

The conservation officer's report (published in the Brainerd Dispatch) says an anonymous tip led officers to Upper Cormorant Lake, where the anglers were found with a total of 856 fish in their possession.

The six adults were charged with misdemeanors. As KFGO reports if they're convicted they could face a fine and restitution of five dollars per fish.

Five bucks may not sound like much, but DL-Online points out that in this case that comes to $3,380 in restitution alone.

DL-Online says the group of six adults and six children from Bedford, Indiana, was staying at End of the Road Resort on Upper Cormorant and had already filleted and frozen most of the fish before officers arrived.

The website reached one member of the group by phone but 78-year old Clifford Emmons was succinct, with his only comment: "What's there to say? We took too many fish."

DL-Online says the defendants are due in court on Aug. 31.

The DNR says tipsters who use the Turn In Poachers phone line (1-800-652-9093 or key in #TIP on a cell phone) are eligible for reward money of up to $1,000 if an arrest is made.

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