Moorhead, Minn. — Six adult anglers from Indiana face charges after conservation officers said they counted 856 crappies and bluegills kept by the adults and six juveniles during a recent trip to a resort on Becker County’s Upper Cormorant Lake, from which the fish – 676 over the group’s limit – were caught.
DNR Conservation Officer Bill Landmark said an anonymous tip was received July 2 about the group’s activities. On July 3, he followed up, finding a livewell of fish at dockside, and later, with permission from the group members, counting frozen fish inside their rented cabin. The group had been staying at the cabin for about a week, Landmark said. He was assisted in counting the fish by COs Gary Forsberg, Angie Warren, and Joe Stattelman.
According to Landmark, it’s probable the adults in the group will be charged with misdemeanors. The adult members of the group, which included family members, were all licensed, Landmark said. As officers went about collecting evidence, he said, they were “cooperative” and didn’t offer excuses for their alleged actions.