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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