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North Dakota Game Wardens Land Big Fish Poaching Bust

Photo: North Dakota Fish and Game Department

North Dakota game wardens busted five Wisconsin anglers on Devil’s Lake with 100 walleye over their limit.

North Dakota’s walleye limit is 5 per day and 10 in possession.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, the anglers could face up to $1,725 in fines each.

Jim Job, the district game warden for the North Dakota Fish and Game Department in Devils lake said his office received a tip through the state’s Report All Poachers hotline that a group of anglers were living in a rental house on the lake and catching fish over their limit.

Job and another district game warden visited the group at the house. Inside, they found 135 walleyes cleaned and frozen in 45 plastic bags. A search of their vehicles produced 25 whole walleyes.

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The group of poachers also had a juvenile fishing with them. The adults were released and are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 18 in Devils Lake.

Job said his office has received several reports this summer of “double-tripping”, a fish poaching tactic by which anglers catch fish, return to shore to clean and store them, and then head out again to catch more fish.

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North Dakota Game Wardens Land Big Fish Poaching Bust