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Officers seize trout, arrest suspected poachers

Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Will Smith and Chris Busching pose in 2013 with 242 Lahontan cutthroat trout, a gillnet and a 2005 Toyota pickup they seized from four men later convicted of illegal fish netting at Lake Lenore.  (Courtesy And / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Will Smith and Chris Busching pose in 2013 with 242 Lahontan cutthroat trout, a gillnet and a 2005 Toyota pickup they seized from four men later convicted of illegal fish netting at Lake Lenore. (Courtesy And / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Will Smith and Chris Busching pose with 242 Lahontan cutthroat trout, a gillnet and a 2005 Toyota pickup they seized from men who have been charged with illegal fish netting at Lake Lenore in the first week of April.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrested four suspected poachers in the early morning hours Saturday with 242 cutthroat trout caught in an illegal nighttime netting operation at a prized Grant County lake.

Lake Lenore – north of the communities of Ephrata and Soap Lake – is managed as a “quality fishery,” attracting anglers who want to use single barbless hooks and no bait to catch-and-release large fish. Anglers are allowed to keep no more than one fish a day from the lake. Read more. Rich Landers, SR

“The 242 fish were just one night’s catch,” Anderson said. “We’re not sure how many nights or weeks worth of fish they’ve taken out of the lake.”

What motivates poachers to do something like this?




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