DNR cites Milwaukee-area men for gross overfishing

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials have arrested 13 Milwaukee-area men for catching more than 2,238 fish on the Chippewa flow-age.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the men were arrested on May 21. Warden Supervisor Rick Rosen declined to comment on the case, saying investigators are still looking into whether other people were involved.

The fish included crappies and blue gills. DNR officials say wardens needed six hours to count all the fish.

The men, who range in age from 34 to 74, face up to $71,280 in total forfeitures and restitution. DNR spokesman Jim Bishop says they were part of a church group.


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  • by ANGRY FISHERMAN Location: Cgtgchft on May 27, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    That is terrible u don't need that many fish in a lifetime. Fine each of those guys 70k or whatever it was. When I go fishing the most I keep is twenty for family not 2238.
  • by angry fisherman Location: cadott on Jun 11, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    Hit them with the book> i personally dont care if you keep one over the limit or 1913 over there groups limit. I am a family of five and I teach all three of my kids keep what ya are gonna eat. The most we keep are 20 total not 20 per kid cause it is a waste!!!!!!!!
  • by Robert Location: CF on Jun 10, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    I suppose they said, " Jesus told us to fish and feed the people".Or prolly some sorta crack pot excuse.I'm sure theirs others out their all so that go unreported.I guess the lord didn't protect them that day.
  • by Hogan Location: The Back of Beyond on Jun 10, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    This example is clear cut abuse of our natural resources. However, the rules and regulations have gotten so oppressive you are probably breaking the law if you are out on the water or in the woods. So don't be so quick to want to see people who break the law hang, you might be next.
  • by Clay Potts Location: FC on Jun 10, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    It's great that they were caught. BUT WHAT DID THEY DO WITH THE FISH ?????????
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM
    Did they feel that they were disciples and jesus said throw the net over there?
  • by J Location: EC WI on Jun 9, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    religion. the refuge of the scoundrel. way to go guys. as a sportsman, i hope they get everything they deserve.
  • by Schadenfreude Location: EC on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Proverbially speaking, this church group certainly taught themselves how to fish! With that said, throw the book at 'em.
  • by Deb Location: Whitehall on Jun 9, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    Resident, it happens a LOT more than is reported. I lived up there, and this is considered a pretty big sin by the locals who rely on tourism. I was going to be flippant and say that maybe they caught one fish and it multiplied to feed the masses, but I've decided I'm too darn mad.
  • by resident Location: eau claire on Jun 9, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    If it hadnt been for the citizen that reported this incident,it would have gone unnoticed...At least someone was on the ball! Makes one wonder how many others that arent reported!
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