Bob Wise, Governor
More than 100 Fishing Law Violation Citations Issued by DNR Conservation Officers in District 3 This Year
Division of Natural Resources Conservation Officers assigned to District 3, which covers Braxton, Clay, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties, issued 109 citations for various trout fishing law violations during the first seven months of 2003, according to Lt. Col. William Dan iel of the DNR Law Enforcement Section . Sixty-two (62) of those violations were issued on “catch and release” streams. Common violations included using bait, keeping trout, and fishing without a license.
“Many of these citations were issued as a direct result of complaints and information received from Trout Unlimited members and other sportsmen, who have grown tired of seeing our resources being abused by poachers,” said Lt. Col. Dan iel.
Among those recently charged with violations of catch and release regulations on the Elk River in Randolph County are:
• Timothy W. Curry, age 44 of Burnsville , West Virginia , was charged August 7 with using bait in a catch and release stream.
• William Boley, age 31 of St. Marys , West Virginia , was charged July 31 with using bait and keeping trout on a catch and release stream.
• Brett Anthony Hines, age 21 of Bergoo, West Virginia, was charged July 31 with fishing for trout without a license, using bait, and fishing at night in a catch and release stream.
• Sammy Epling, Age 55 of Scottown, Ohio , was charged July 31 with conspiring in a trout fishing law violation.
• Otis C. Adkins, age 52 of Branchland , West Virginia , was charged July 31 with using bait and fishing at night on a catch and release stream.
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