ARKANSAS RESIDENTS CITED ON GASSOWAY LAKE FOR POSSESSION OF PADDLEFISH

Release Date: 06/27/2006

Enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Arkansas residents on June 13 for alleged commercial fishing violations on Gassoway Lake in East Carroll Parish. 


Kenneth Eugene Rogers, 26, and Shannon Rogers, 25, both of Kingsland, Arkansas, were issued citations for taking commercial fish without a commercial license, taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license, failing to mark or tag nets, and possessing paddlefish.


Agents observed both persons collect fish from approximately 1,600 yards of gill net.  Buffalo fish were placed in a live well area of the vessel while the paddlefish were placed in a 55-gallon barrel near the bow.


Their boat and outboard were seized in connection with the violations.  In addition, 20 paddlefish and over 700 pounds of buffalo and the gill net were also seized.


Paddlefish are a protected species and may not be taken in Louisiana.  The maximum fine for possessing paddlefish is $500 and 90 days in jail.  Civil restitution penalties may also be imposed for replacement value of the resource on a per fish basis. 


The maximum penalty for taking commercial fish without a commercial license, taking fish without a commercial gear license, and fail to mark or tag commercial nets is $500 and 90 days in jail for each violation.  Court costs are in addition to all the above charges.


Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Wayne Parker, Agent Josh Estis, Sgt. Darren Bruce, and Sgt. Jamey Hagan. 


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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