Six current, former Wisconsin DOC officials cited for poaching Lake Erie walleyes

Concord, N.H., is touting its area fisheries, which include everything from largemouth bass to walleyes.

High-ranking current and former officials from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections were fined earlier this month for exceeding walleye limits during a Lake Erie fishing trip in May.

According to reports, the six each caught their limit of walleyes – the daily limit is six per angler on Erie – while fishing in Ottawa County, Ohio. They then stashed the fish on shore and went out again, with each catching two to six walleyes the second time out.

Each was fined $150 and ordered to pay $150 to $300 in restitution – depending on the number of walleyes over the limit – to the Ohio DNR and had their fishing licenses suspended in Wisconsin and Ohio.

According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report, pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges June 5 were Michael Dittmann, the warden at Columbia Correctional Institution; Steve Schueler, the deputy warden at Green Bay Correctional Institution; and Paul Neevel Jr., a corrections employee now working temporarily within the state’s adult prison division.

The three DOC retirees also cited were former Waupun Correctional Institution Warden Mike Thurmer, former John C. Burke Correctional Institution Warden Craig Arndt, and former Oshkosh Correctional Institution Deputy Warden Robert Hable, according to a Green Bay Press-Gazette report.

For an in-depth story, see the July issue of Ohio Outdoor News.

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