Oklahoma anglers face fines after fishing over daily limit
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has put out a warning to those who choose to fish over the daily limit. A handful of recent cases have anglers facing hundreds of dollars in fines.
A tip led wardens to a case in Beavers Bend State Park, where they found rainbow trout caught over the limit.
Bill Hale, chief of law enforcement with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the anglers who caught the trout were 22 fish over the daily limit.
“It was an extraordinary case, because of the numbers, but it is not unusual,” Hale said.
Last week in Kay County, another man was found with eight fish over the limit.
“There are cases where you know they have caught several hundred in cast nets, small fish,” Hale said.
Hale said choosing to disobey wildlife laws like this one could have a long-term impact.
“Enforcement is an important technique to make sure we have fish and game to hunt in the future,” said Hale.
The daily limit of fish for anglers varies by fishing location.
More information can be found at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/laws_regs/fishingguide.htm or by downloading the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s app to an Apple or Android device.