DEC cops hook lawbreaking fisherman in Rondout Creek

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Trout seized by Encon Officers.

WAWARSING – DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) caught an angler taking illegal fish from the Rondout Creek last month.  The unidentified fisherman was issued tickets and his illegally possessed trout were seized.

On April 20, DEC Fisheries spent the day stocking trout in Rondout Creek and ECOs Walraven and Johnson patrolled the area to ensure anglers were taking fish in accordance with DEC regulations.

The Officers conducted a check of a fisherman taking trout and keeping them on a stringer. The fisherman was in possession of six trout, with three more than 12 inches in length, in violation of the law.

The regulations for this area of Rondout Creek are five total trout with no more than two fish over 12 inches. The unlawfully taken fish were seized and the fisherman was ticketed for taking trout in excess of the limit and taking trout out of slot size.

The tickets are returnable to the Town of Wawarsing Court.