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Gill net fishermen snagged

From page A3 | June 14, 2013 | 7 Comments

LaFave Trout

LT. STACEY LAFAVE, of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, poses with the gill net and 70 trout he seized on June 7. Courtesy photo

On June 7, Lt. Stacey Lafave of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle pulled off the shoulder of the road near Miess Cabin Road and Forest Service Road 10N46 in the Eldorado National Forest. Investigating on foot, Lafave walked down to the North Fork of the Cosumnes River and found three men allegedly using a gill net to catch fish.

“Two of the men were holding either end of the gill net which was stretched across the entire width of the river,” said Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Mark Michilizzi, “and one of them was herding fish into it.” Lafave found the men to have five fish with them and another 65 fish in their vehicle.

Gill nets are illegal in California waterways. “A gill net doesn’t select the type of fish it captures or how many it kills,” said Michilizzi. “It’s illegal to use a gill net within 100-foot proximity of any canal, river, stream, lake or reservoir in California. ”

All 70 trout were dead and ranged in size from 4-12 inches.

“There is no size limit on trout,” said Michilizzi, “but there is a daily limit of five trout per licensed fisherman and a possession limit of 10 fish. This is an abuse of wildlife resources.”

The three men, Steve Thang, 44, Kuay Sin Saethern, 67, and Charles Tang, 42, all from Sacramento, were cited for three misdemeanors: illegal method of take, illegal gear and unlawful possession of over limit of trout. One of them did not have a fishing license, which is an infraction. The three men are scheduled to appear in court in El Dorado County on Aug. 13.

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Discussion | 7 comments

  • 1036-FrankJune 14, 2013 - 11:12 am

    Good job warden! For every poacher caught there are the many who aren't. These poacher gangs poach deer all night and net fish all day without a care as to what they destroy, also the fire risk they pose. There is a war in the woods that is as bad as ever seen, add pot growing outlaws and drug cartel potential to any water source, creek or river, and closed USFS gates on roads all over that allow the criminals a huge undisturbed area to operate in and you have a very dangerous area.

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  • rodJune 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

    Actually the abuse of 'wildlife resources' is Mr. Michilizzi and his dysfunctional agency. CDFW has publicly announced the demise of the yellow-legged frog (supposedly an endangered species) was caused by planting 'non-native' trout. Hatchery raised and planted cutbows (Hybrid rainbow/cutthroat). So now CDFW is poisoning sierra lakes to get rid of these predator trout... and that is exactly what these three Asians were doing, helping save the YLF and using the protein to feed their families, a function of their culture. But it’s ok for the native American to gill net anytime because it’s ‘part of their culture’. Would it be better to have them sitting on their fat couches watching Oprah living on EBT cards? Of course, Calif just loves that culture, that’s why they keep voting for it.

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  • High Country HankJune 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Send them back to their own country after a prison term here. Frank is right. These poachers are ruining the deer population as well as fish. I've seen them in groups in the back of a truck, guns in hand ready to poach any deer in their sights from the road. Many are unlicensed. I don't care if this is what they do in their country. THIS is not their country and THIS is illegal here! Keep up the good work Warden and stay safe. Throw a few of these poachers to the buzzards. Hell, even buzzards have to eat.

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  • truthbetoldJune 15, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Well said, Rod! It's comforting to hear others who are aware of the facts and make them known. It's to bad these men do not know how to have the charges dismissed with a basic letter to the court as many are doing now against these -right infringing- government actions.

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  • Gaspen AspenJune 15, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Sure they were. That's exactly what these poachers were thinking....Yellow frog. Scheesh.

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  • 1036-FrankJune 16, 2013 - 7:56 am

    These thieving killing poaching gangs will eat every frog they find or net as well as poach the deer and fish and anything else that is against the law, most have been on generations of welfare already so there isn't a food excuse, these are criminal gangs involved in many criminal acts. This frog situation is the liberal created tool to fuel a man made fake crises used in the courts for a leftist agenda that has nothing to do with science or nature and everything to do with regulating people off of their public lands, our native trout have been in the watersheds for thousands of years with or without any frogs and it is time for the people to say enough leftist court doctrine by leftist judges who want the people off of their own lands by these invented "emergencies."

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  • cookie65June 16, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Before I got to the end of the story I already knew they were Asians. Those people are like locusts. They come up to the mountains and decimate everything they are after. Good job catching them.

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