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West Michigan men caught with 80 walleyes

BRAINERD, MN - JANUARY 26: A volunteer prepares to release a walleye caught at the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza fishing tournament on Gull Lake January 26, 2008 in Brainerd, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. — Three West Michigan men were caught with 80 walleyes from the Detroit River on Thursday.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources received an anonymous tip that three men had caught too many fish on the Detroit River and were heading towards Grand Rapids on I-96.

When an officer found the vehicle and asked the driver how many fish they had, he came clean and said, “too many.” There found to have 80 fish, 65 more than the legal limit for a day.

The three men – a 28-year-old from Byron Center, a 38-year-old from Allendale and a 30-year-old from Jenison – admitted to fishing the Detroit River earlier and that they had all caught and kept too many fish.

All three were given tickets and could lose their fishing licenses as a result. An Ingham County judge will also determine the reimbursement fee, which is calculated by weighing each fish and charging $10 per pound.

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4 comments

  • Bill Forbes

    Need to confiscate boat and trailer, vehicle that towed boat. All fishing equipment and then fine them and revolt all fishin and hunting privileges for life…they are not sportsmen!!!

  • Dave777

    If the fine is only 10 dollars a pound, it’s cheaper than buying real fish. Try making it 100 per pound if first offence, if second take the vehicle and boat. And did they use nets?

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