Two men charged for illegal netting in Iowa

MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa DNR law enforcement conservation officers have charged two men after an investigation of illegal netting in an Iowa river.

The DNR received a tip in June about a hoop net in the Cedar River in rural Muscatine County believed being used for illegal netting. After DNR law enforcement conservation officers conducted their investigation, on June 2, Cody Frye, 31, of Nichols, Iowa, and Derek Brase, 30, of Wilton, Iowa, were charged with running illegal commercial fishing gear on the Cedar River, among other charges.

DNR officer Joe Fourdyce said the men were intending to catch catfish, “But because of their lack of experience and knowledge of commercial fishing, they did not catch any catfish,” Fourdyce said. “However, because they were not attending the net frequently enough, they ended up killing some rough fish and soft shell turtles.”

Both Frye and Brase were each charged with one count of the following:

  • Unlawful use of commercial gear in prohibited water.
  • Failure to attend to commercial gear.
  • No valid commercial fishing license.
  • Unlawful take of softshell turtles.
  • Unlawful take of buffalo.
  • No commercial fishing gear tag.

Each of the men was fined a total of $792.

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