A snagging season that lasted a few more days than last year led to a slightly higher number of citations during the recent paddlefish snagging season.
From opening day May 1 until the season closed May 22, North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens issued a record 190 citations as part of an annual saturation effort in Williams and McKenzie counties, according to enforcement chief Robert Timian. Last year the citation total was 177.
The most prevalent violation was fishing without a license, involving 36 nonresidents and 13 residents. Only 14 violations were directly related to paddlefishing.
Wardens also patrol several thousand acres of state wildlife management areas in the two counties. Altogether, 53 citations were issued for WMA rule violations, with 27 for possession of glass beverage containers.
In addition, wardens also cited numerous individuals with minor in possession of alcohol, littering and possession of nonprescription drugs and/or paraphernalia.
Enforcement saturation efforts aren’t only done in the northwest during the paddlefish season, but are conducted statewide depending on the need. Timian said wardens are brought in from across the state for additional support for short-term, specific operations where needed.
Paddlefish/WMA operation at Williston, ND May 1-22, 2014
Summary of violations
Paddlefishing -- 14 Citations
6 – Paddlefishing before or after legal hours
4 – Failure to have paddlefish tag in possession while snagging
2 – Paddlefishing without a tag
2 – Paddlefishing in a closed area
Fishing -- Other than Paddlefish -- 68 Citations
36 – Nonresident fishing without a license
13 – Resident fishing without a license
13 – Failure to carry fishing license on person
3 – Fishing with an excessive number of lines
3 – Illegal manner of taking
Boating -- 15 Citations
11 – Boating with inadequate number of personal flotation devices
2 – Operate motorboat without lights when required
1 – Operating a motorboat without current registration
1 – Towing without an observer
Wildlife Management Areas -- 53 Citations
27 – Possession of glass beverage containers on a WMA
9 – Failure to obey posted WMA regulations – violate nighttime hour restriction
7 – Prohibited use of a motor vehicle on WMA
5 – Failure to obey posted WMA regulations – camping when restricted
5 – Unlawful use of firearms in a reckless or indiscriminate manner on WMA
Miscellaneous -- 40 Citations
13 – Minor in possession of alcohol
9 – Littering
8 – Possession of nonprescription drugs and/or paraphernalia
3 – Contributing alcohol to a minor
2 – Ingestion of a controlled substance
2 – Loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle
1 – Open receptacle containing alcohol in or on a motor vehicle
1 – Operate a motor vehicle without a driver’s license
1 – Misrepresentation in application for a license
2014 – Total Citations Issued: 190
2013 – Total Citations Issued: 177 and 2 warnings
2012 – Total Citations Issued: 82 and 7 warnings