Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men on Aug. 17 for alleged fishing violations near Lacassine Bayou in Cameron Parish.
Michael Andrus, 52, Dane Tilley, 43, and Grant Derouen, 20, all of Lake Charles were cited for taking fish illegally by means of electricity.
Agents observed Tilley and Derouen occupying one boat using a trolling motor along the bank of the Intracoastal Waterway at Lacassine Bayou. Andrus occupied a second boat following behind Tilley and Derouen under power by a trolling motor. Each boat had fish shocking equipment hooked up to 12-volt batteries suspended in the water alongside their vessels. After interviewing the three men, Tilley admitted to taking the catfish in their possession by means of electricity or what is commonly known as shocking.
Seized in connection with the violations were two boats, two out board motors, two boat trailers, two trolling motors, two ice chests, two dip nets, two shocking devices and 174 pounds of catfish. The catfish were donated to the Salvation Army in Lake Charles.
The penalty for taking fish illegally is a fine between $400 and $950 dollars, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.
Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Aaron Herpin, Chris Hoag, Beau Robertson, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Cleve Pugh.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.