Release Date: 03/21/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two Concordia Parish men for alleged game fish violations on Feb. 24.

Vernon M. White Jr., 42, and Vernon M. White III, 20, both of Ferriday were cited for taking game fish illegally.  Vernon M. White Jr. was also cited for violating recreational gear license requirements, possessing an outboard and motorboat without serial numbers and an expired boat registration certificate.

Agents observed the men raising a hoop net.  When agents made contact with the two individuals they found them to be in possession of game fish.  The men also admitted to running wire traps.  Agents seized 17 crappie and 45 catfish, which were later donated to charity.  A 16 ft. boat and 40 hp motor were also seized as evidence.

Taking game fish illegally carries a fine up to $750, or jail for not more than 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Violation of recreational gear license requirements is punishable by a fine of $50, or jail for not more than 15 days or both.  Expired boat registration has a fine of $50, or jail not more than 15 days or both.  Possession of outboard or motorboat with serial number removed or altered carries a fine up to $250.

Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agent Joey Tarver, Agent Charlie Ferrington, Sgt. Russ Kiser, Agent Joey Merrill, and Jay Smith from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at or 225-765-2469.