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Here is an article on some Port Clinton, OH walleye poachers.

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007704240302

ODNR cites 33 for poaching
Officials believe sport fishermen took 140 more walleye than allowed
By KRISTINA SMITH
Staff writer






PORT CLINTON -- Thirty-three sport fishermen face charges of taking more than the legal limit of walleye while fishing Friday near the Lake Erie shore, an official said.
The anglers, who are from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and other Midwestern states are charged with catching their limit of four fish, returning to the mainland to fillet them and heading back out onto the lake to catch more, said Bob Radcliff, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, Findlay Wildlife Office supervisor.






"We call it double-tripping," Radcliff said. "They're catching them rather quickly. The temptation is there to go back and catch another limit." Each fisherman faces one misdemeanor count of taking walleye over the legal limit. They are scheduled to have initial appearances Monday in Ottawa County Municipal Court.
Municipal court, however, only had charges listed for 19 anglers.
They are:


Sergio Martinez-Estrada, Toledo.


Timothy Roach, Sydney.


Clarence Hughes, Sydney.


Gary Volsard, Sydney.


Gary Walter, Sydney.


Brian Johnson, Columbia City, Ind.


Brad Zent, Fort Wayne, Ind.


Craig Loomans, Lomira, Wisc.


Jeffrey Weber, Niagra, Wisc.


Stephen Alexa, Vulcin, Mich.


Gerald W. Rausch, Sheboygan, Wisc.


Gerald J. Rausch, Chilton, Wisc.


Jeremy Eastling, Kingsford, Mich.


Todd Miller, Ionia, Mich.


Randy Leonard, Greenville, Mich.


Gledon Mason, Ionia, Mich.


Brett Welter, Naperville, Ill.


William Welter, Naperville, Ill.


Craig Charette, Kingsford, Mich.
Officials believe they took 140 fish more than allowed, according to the ODNR.
Wildlife officers nabbed them after conducting surveillance along the Port Clinton shoreline, where walleye are spawning, Radcliff said. He declined to share any details about the operation.
"I don't want to give away everything," he said. "Just know that we're watching."
During the spawning season, which lasts from mid-March to the end of April, the walleye bag limit is lowered, he said. After May 1, each angler is allowed six fish per day, he said.
Catching more than four during their reproduction period could endanger the walleye population over time, he said.
"We want to protect that resource," Radcliff said.
Allowing each fisherman the same opportunities to catch fish also is important, he said.
"It's just not fair for one person to go and get eight, 10, 12 fish and the others get four," he said.
Poaching is more common during spawning because the walleye are more accessible than usual, he said. If anglers had to travel several miles on to the lake to catch their limit, they might be less inclined to make a second trip in the same day, he said.
E-mail Kristina Smith at [email protected]
 

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Glad to see there's no Cincinnati guys on that list...! :D
 

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Glad to see there's no Cincinnati guys on that list...! :D
The MAN was going to inspect you too , but you drove around him last Friday! :D :D :D

(Wonder what he did with those guys? They appeared to have a few in the box that looked a little short.)
 

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The MAN was going to inspect you too , but you drove around him last Friday! :D :D :D

(Wonder what he did with those guys? They appeared to have a few in the box that looked a little short.)
No need in sticking around looking suspisous...! :D I was good anyway and would not have had a problem with them checking me. It's just a little inconvenient.
Those were the guys from IL. that were tossing the fish back after they spotted the DNR.
 
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