Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Catahoula Parish man for an alleged game fish violation on July 14.
Agents cited Joshua Earl Deville, 31, of Jonesville, for taking game fish illegally after they observed him lift and place hoop nets into his boat. Deville kept all the fish in the nets and failed to immediately return the game fish to the water. When agents made contact with Deville, they found him to be in possession of 48 crappie and two bream.
Agents seized the two hoop nets and fish as evidence. The fish were later donated.
Taking game fish illegally carries a fine up to $950, jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs. A criminal restitution citation was also submitted to the court for the replacement value of the fish.
Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Sgt. James Parish.
For more information, contact Capt. John Rhodes at 318-757-3072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.