Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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Fishing-Related Violations Headed in the Right Direction

In spite of an economy still chained to hard times, improvement
is being seen in the number of fishing-related arrests.

And while the statistics provided by the DNR Division of
Wildlife do not discriminate between the various violation
possibilities, the agency’s law enforcement administrator says most
of the tickets issued are for failure to buy and show a necessary
fishing license.

“I looked at our annual reports, which are organized by fiscal
year. We do not break down the arrests specifically for fishing
without a license, but have all sport fishing violations counted
together,” said Ken Fitz, the agency’s law enforcement program

“From personal experience, I would say the vast majority of these
are fishing license violations.”

Fitz’s caveat includes the fact that during the period when the
wildlife division is conducting a wildlife officer academy often
times field personnel are called in as instructors. This action
pulls these officers from scouting streams and lakes for fishing
law violators, Fitz says.

“Retirements will then cause this to taper off as they are assigned
to counties and pick up other responsibilities,” Fitz said. “Of
course, the greatest variable is the weather, as it affects the
water level and the participation level, especially amongst the
more casual anglers.”

Here is a brief outline for the past four years as to the
number of anglers contacted by wildlife division officers and the
number of violations they recorded:

Fiscal Year Anglers Contacted/Sport Fishing

2007: 43,630 2,144

2008: 41,563 2,184

2009: 44,535 1,986

2010: 42,356 1,872


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