Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Three Wisconsin men have a large fine to pay after they were allegedly caught in possession of 83 more perch than the legal limit.
During a routine patrol on March 4th on Lake Winnibigoshish, conservation officers with the Minnesota DNR were checking the fishing license of 41 year old David L. Gauthier of Keewaunee, Wisconsin after he said that he had caught his limit of perch.
“He had a few smaller perch in a pail that were still alive and said he was now trying to catch some larger ones and he would let the smaller ones go,” says Luke Belgard, one of the conservation officers involved in the patrol. “I advised Mr. Gauthier that he wasn’t allowed to do that.”
Culling fish is illegal.
Gauthier said he had been coming to Lake Winnie for many years.
Gauthier then allegedly tried to take one of the live fish and put it back down the hole, but was instructed to leave the fish on the ice and the few in the pail where they were.
Gauthier’s father, Wayne E. Gauthier, 61, and brother, Anthony A. Gauthier 27, both of Keewaunee, Wis., were fishing nearby when approached by the DNR officers.
The three men were staying at a local resort when David Gauthier said there were perch in a bin outside their cabin.
The DNR officers say that when the count was completed, the Gauthier’s possessed 203 yellow perch or 83 more than the legal limit.
David Gauthier was charged with having 29 more perch than the legal limit. He faces fine, restitution and court fees totaling $1,130. Wayne Gauthier and Anthony Gauthier were each charged with having 27 more perch than the legal limit. They face fines, restitution and court fees of $1,080 each.
The Gauthier’s nonresident fishing licenses were seized, the fish were collected and photographed as evidence, and the citations mailed to each individual.
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