Conservation officer catches 2 men poaching trout

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 7:31 AM

AUGUSTA, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say they caught two men poaching trout from a southwestern Michigan creek during the state's recent free fishing weekend.

MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/11Txhyp ) a state Department of Natural Resources conservation officer seized 42 brown trout taken from Augusta Creek in Kalamazoo County on June 8 after seeing the men using a net. A tip brought the officer to the area.

The DNR says the legal limit on brown trout is five fish per person, 10 inches or longer, taken by a hook and line. A 30-year-old Battle Creek man and a 21-year-old Springfield man are due in court Friday and could face fines. Their names weren't immediately released.

Free fishing weekends are held at certain times to introduce newcomers to the sport by allowing them to fish without a license.

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