Voyageurs National Park Rangers And Minnesota Conservation Officer Make Fishing Case On Kabetogama Lake

Several packages of filleted fish displayed on a tailgate as part of a seizure of overlimit of fish on Kabetogama


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News Release Date: September 15, 2017

Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

Contact: Ben Welch, 218-283-6658

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN:  On September 9, 2017 Park Rangers contacted four fishermen during a routine stop on Kabetogama Lake. During the stop, four individuals from Illinois, were found to be in possession of 44 northern pike and three bass. All four were cited for being over-limit of northern pike and three were cited for using an extra fishing line. In addition, some fish were not identifiable and/or countable as required by the Minnesota Department of Natural resources (MN DNR) for transported fish. Park Rangers were able to immediately release seven live fish and the rest were seized. 
The MNDNR was able to donate the over-limit of fish to the International Falls, Minnesota Good Samaritan Nursing Home.
Healthy fisheries affect everyone. When over-limits of fish are taken, fish populations can become stressed and vulnerable to collapse, hampering the ability of fishery managers to maintain healthy fish populations. Harvest limits are set by the MNDNR to maintain harvest within sustainable yields.
The successful investigation was a direct result of the partnership between the Minnesota Conservation Officers and Voyageurs National Park Rangers.
Voyageurs National Park encourages people to contact the park at (218) 283-6600 or Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at (800) 652-9093 if they observe any suspicious or illegal behavior in the park.

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Last updated: September 15, 2017

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