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DNR citations hit Lake Michigan tributary fishing

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said several citations were made over the weekend for various misdemeanor fishing violations.

According to a press release issued by the DNR, Bruce Sebastyen of Hammond and Zachary Myers of Cedar Lake were both cited for fishing within 100 of the Linde dam on the Little Calumet River. Sebastyen and Meyers were also cited for possessing a gaff hook, the DNR said. Gaff hooks are illegal to possess on or adjacent to Lake Michigan tributaries.

Illinois residents Stanislaw Janik, Marian Janik, and Peter Janik were issued citations for fishing by illegal methods. The three men were netting trout and salmon in Salt Creek in Valparaiso, the DNR said.

Conservation officers have received several complaints of illegal fishing on tributaries of Lake Michigan in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties over the past few weeks. Officers have responded to the complaints utilizing various surveillance methods that have netted several violators. Violations have included trespassing, fishing in closed areas, license violations, snagging or netting fish, littering, and taking over the daily bag limit of trout and salmon.

Most fish and wildlife violations are misdemeanor offense that require a mandatory court appearance, fines, forfeiture of equipment, and possible incarceration.

Fishing regulations for Lake Michigan and tributaries are easily accessible online at www.in.gov/dnr. Fishing regulations can also be obtained through your local District Law Enforcement Headquarters.

You can report fishing, hunting or environmental violations by calling 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

 

Posted 10/22/2012