Illinois DNR Officer Busts Three Anglers for Poaching Large Mouth Bass

   06.25.18

Summer is officially upon us, and while you think that means poaching cases would dwindle, conservation officers must remain vigilante in protecting species that aren’t typically taken illegally. Take this case for example, where three fishermen were recently busted for illegally poaching large mouth bass.

The anglers were fishing Coffeen Lake, in south central Illinois, when an officer from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police found the three men with 28 fish in their possession and 21 of them were under legal size limit.

The limit at Coffeen Lake is three bass per angler, and each must be over 15 inches.

Citations were issued to all three men for failing to release the short fish, and for keeping more than their daily limit allows for large mouth bass. Hopefully anyone tempted to cheat the system will realize DNR officers have shifted their focus to the water these days, and think twice before poaching large mouth bass – or any species for that matter!

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