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Poachers keep wildlife officers busy writing tickets

FISHING -- Numerous lakes already are open for fishing, but a few folks apparently like the elbow room they find at waters that aren't officially open.

They kept Spokane Region Wildlife police  busy last week.   Here are a few excerpts from the regional enforcement weekly report:

Officer Snyder patrolled the Spokane River and lakes in the Medical Lake and Cheney areas.  Two groups of anglers were cited for fishing closed season at West Medical Lake

Officer Snyder checked anglers at Liberty Lake and arrested one on an outstanding warrant out of Lincoln County. 

Officer Spurbeck patrolled the Spokane River and contacted two subjects fishing closed waters.  The subjects were also using terminal gear and neither subject had a valid fishing license. 

Sergeant Charron responded to two fisherman fishing closed waters on Deep Lake. Suspects attempted to hide fishing gear but were unsuccessful. 

Officer Vance patrolled the Touchet and Tucannon Rivers. One angler was contacted as he was fishing directly at the base of the dam in Dayton on the Touchet River. He said he saw the no fishing signs and knew he was not allowed to fish there, but wanted to catch a steelhead the easy way. 

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Rich Landers
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