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Minneapolis men caught with 117 walleye

Home search finds 305 sunfish

Lino Lakes, Minn. An officer who smelled something fishy during
a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of 117 walleyes in a
car trunk, authorities said last Friday.

“The vehicle had been stopped for speeding when the officer
noticed the strong odor of fish,” said Anoka Conservation Officer
Travis Muyres. “We later counted 117 walleye in the trunk.”

The Lino Lakes police officer called the DNR after pulling over
the car along Interstate 35W. The men told authorities they caught
the walleyes in the St. Louis River in Duluth.

Charged with gross misdemeanor overlimit in Anoka County were
Bunchan Srey, 51; Dymong Chhoun, 20; Bunsean Lieng, 19; Samnang
Pich, 19; and a juvenile, all from Minneapolis.

The men should have had no more than 10 St. Louis River walleyes
in the vehicle, police said.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for the home of three of
the suspects and found 305 sunfish, which is 145 fish over the
limit. The sunfish were caught in the Twin Cities.

The adults face fines of up to $3,000 each, one year in jail, or
both. The restitution value for the walleye listed in the criminal
complaint is $2,790, while restitution on the sunfish would hit

The adults have a June court date. The juvenile pleaded guilty
to gross misdemeanor overlimit, but was not ordered to pay
restitution. Charges for the illegal sunfish were pending in
Hennepin County.

Muyres told Outdoor News that there was no evidence of netting
in the case and that it appeared all the fish had been caught via
hook and line.

Anyone observing illegal fishing activity should contact their
local conservation officer, local DNR office or the Turn-In-Poacher
hotline at 1-800-652-9093.

Associated Press

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