Wildlife Of­fi­cers Keep­ing Close Watch On Over­lim­its

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Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have made sev­eral re­cent gross over­limit cases on crap­pie an­glers in the San Joaquin Val­ley, prompt­ing in­creased pa­trols for an­glers tar­get­ing those fish. Crap­pie is a sport fish com­mon through­out Cal­i­for­nia and most of North Amer­ica. The bag limit for crap­pie is 25 fish per day.

In one case, a wildlife of­fi­cer con­tacted three an­glers in Madera County in the early morn­ing hours of April 12 as they pulled their boat from a lo­cal lake. They were in com­bined pos­ses­sion of 404 crap­pie. Sub­tract­ing out a le­gal limit of 25 fish each, they were in pos­ses­sion of a com­bined over­limit of 329 crap­pie. The three sub­jects were charged with a gross over­limit of crap­pie, pos­ses­sion of more than three times the bag limit and fail­ure to show catch upon the de­mand of a wildlife of­fi­cer. If con­victed, they each face a pos­si­ble jail term, fines that will po­ten­tially range be­tween $5,000 and $40,000, for­fei­ture of seized fish­ing equip­ment and sus­pen­sion of their fish­ing priv­i­leges,

Any­one who be­lieves they are wit­ness to un­law­ful poach­ing or pol­lu­tion ac­tiv­ity is en­cour­aged to call CalTIP, CDFW’s con­fi­den­tial se­cret wit­ness pro­gram, at (888) 334-2258 or send a text to tip411. Both meth­ods al­low the pub­lic to pro­vide wildlife of­fi­cers with fac­tual in­for­ma­tion to as­sist with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Call­ers may re­main anony­mous, if de­sired, and a re­ward can re­sult from suc­cess­ful cap­ture and pros­e­cu­tion.

Wildlife of­fi­cers is­sued a to­tal of 10 crap­pie over­limit citations in one re­cent week, for 636 crap­pie in ex­cess of the bag limit.

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