North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens seized 136 walleye during a recent two-day operation targeting over-limits of fish on Devils Lake.
Chief game warden Robert Timian said the main emphasis of the Aug. 23-24 operation was to identify and apprehend anglers taking more than a daily limit of walleye. “Fishing has been good, and we were hearing complaints of some people double-dipping,” Timian said.
Three wardens worked an average of 14-18 hours each day at Six Mile Bay and Graham’s Island. “Over the course of the two days, a number of boats were observed going back on the water one or more times during the day,” Timian said.
A total of 29 citations, with 24 written for over-limits, were issued. Both resident and nonresident anglers were cited.
“We are somewhat surprised and disappointed in the high rate of violations,” Timian said. “Double-dipping, as it is commonly called, is an intentional disregard of the law, and we consider it a theft of resources from the people of North Dakota.”
Successful operations like this, according to Timian, involve multiple game wardens working 12-18 hours a day. “Manpower limits the scope and frequency of these operations, but we will continue to conduct this type of surveillance in the future because catching those who do not comply with the limits is a priority,” he said.
Anyone witnessing game and fish violations are asked to call Report All Poachers at (800) 472-2121. Callers can remain anonymous.