By Rosemary Parker
Two area men face charges this week of taking too many fish from Augusta Creek after a conservation officer seized 42 brown trout, many under legal size, he had observed the men catching with a net.
Michigan Department of Resources Conservation Officer Christopher Holmes said an anonymous call came in to the state's poaching hotline June 8, the Saturday of Michigan's Free Fishing weekend, a time intended to introduce newcomers to the sport by allowing them to fish without a license.
The caller said two men were fishing with a net, Holmes said.
Holmes was in the area when the call came in. He said he spotted a vehicle parked near the road that he thought might belong to the men, so he quietly entered the stream and waded downstream until he heard the men around a bend in the creek. At that point he ducked behind the thick brush in the area, resisting the urge to slap mosquitoes, and waited for the men to reach his location.
When they got within about five feet, he said, he stepped out, identified himself, and seized the fish, as well at the large weighted cast net they had been using to haul trout from the stream, he said.
The legal limit on brown trout is five fish per person, 10 inches or longer, taken by a hook and line, Holmes said. More....