Michigan DNR

Michigan DNR Looking for Leads on Possible Poaching of 53 Walleyes

DNR looking for answers on 53 walleyes found in cooler.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking into a potential poaching case after a cooler with a large amount of walleye carcasses was discovered in Muskegon.

The DNR posted photos of the older-looking green Coleman cooler on their Facebook page. It was discovered on the side of the road on April 8 near the corner of Holton-Duck Lake Road and River Road in Cedar Creek Township.

Inside, officials discovered 53 filleted walleyes.

Officials don't know for certain the cooler is poaching-related, but they are investigating it just in case. If it is a matter of poaching walleye, it would be an extreme case of over-the-limit fishing. The legal daily limit for walleye is five, 15-inch fish. The DNR believes the fish were caught three to four days prior to the cooler discovery.

The DNR has been taking walleye poaching seriously in recent years. Two twin brothers who poached 65 walleyes in the Detroit River in 2018 were recently hit with heavy fines for their crimes.

Anyone who recognizes the cooler, knows anyone who has a lot of walleye, or has other information on the case is encouraged to call Michigan's Report All Poaching line at 1-800-292-78000. The DNR say information may lead to a reward in the case and callers have the option to remain anonymous.

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