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Post Posted: 07:52am - May 31,10 
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Talked to a guy this morning that just got back from the chippewa. He told me the dnr arrested 13 people for poaching and in their possesion 2238 fish, mostly panfish(crappie). Tried to find the article online but could only find bits and pieces. He told me they were from outside milwaukee.People up there are really pissed(dont blame them).

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Post Posted: 08:39am - May 31,10 
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Here is the story, the sick part of it is some of them were pastors and they have been doing this for 26 years! :

13 fishermen arrested, 2,238 fish seized on the Flowage
by Kathy Hanson
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Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:24 PM CDT
Sawyer County Conservation Warden Sue Miller, Conservation Warden Tom Heisler from Winter and Flowage Ranger Roy Zubrod arrested13 adult males and seized 2,238 fish on Friday, May 21 on the Chippewa Flowage, after two complaints were called in on late Wednesday and Friday. The complaint received on Wednesday came in on the anonymous/confidential hotline for overbagging. The other complaint received on Friday was regarding keeping bass, Miller said.

“We went out Wednesday but they (the men) were already in,” said Miller, who then said that “on Friday we worked these guys all day.”

The investigation is ongoing and details and names will not be released until next week, Miller said, but they arrested five men at one resort and another eight at a second resort. There were three groups, all from associated Baptist churches in the Milwaukee area. All have been coming up here for over 26 years, Miller said, and have allegedly been “grossly overbagging” for the same number of years, she added. The men had been fishing for a period of five to six days. Most of the fish were crappies; a handful were perch; some were bluegills; and there were six bass, Miller said. 750 of the seized fish had not been filleted, so they were taken to Whiskey Ridge for processing.

“Some of them (men) kind of knew the rules,” Miller said. She added said that some of them thought they could bag up to 30 crappies per day, instead of the 15 daily bag limit. None of them seemed to be aware that at any given time or moment, a maximum of 30 crappies in possession is the law, she said.

The 13 men were all part of a larger group who, upon being tipped off that they were under investigation, left the area, Miller hypothesized. Miller suspects that they left with far more fish than the 2,238, but she has two names so is following up on those.

The men were very cooperative and pleasant, according to Miller. “When it comes to natural resources people have different outlooks—they don’t compare it to breaking into someone’s home,” she said.

The fish will be held for court purposes. Typically, the DNR hosts fish frys for the nursing homes and the Relay for Life American Cancer benefit, normally not more than two or three such events per year. “With this amount of fish, we’ll do a lot of them, unfortunately,” she said.

Wisconsin’s DNR Violation Hotline program provides people with the opportunity to confidentially and/or anonymously report susupected violations using the 24-hour operated toll free number 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367).

I hope they throw the book at'em. People who wantingly violate, steal from us all. And a church group!!!!

Congrats to warden Sue Miller, and a big THANK YOU. You have earned my respect.

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Post Posted: 11:06am - May 31,10 
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Sickening.

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Post Posted: 05:00pm - May 31,10 
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There was a similar group up on lake vermillion a couple years ago totally ignorant to the rules. They brought in pike between the slot even a musky that just made the minimum size limit. I am sure they were over, they kept everything.

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Post Posted: 07:11pm - Jun 2,10 
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I know this is long but here is the outcome. They should have been charged the full amount!

Chippewa Flowage an angler’s ‘haven’ no more for overbagging fishermen
by Kathy Hanson
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Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:38 PM CDT

The 13 Milwaukee-area fishermen arrested May 21 on the Chippewa Flowage for having 2,238 fish in their possession, after two complaints were called in to the DNR, have been identified, fined and notified of their revocation of fishing privileges.

Sawyer County Conservation Warden Sue Miller said that all individuals were notified on Tuesday, June 1. The fines range from a high of $3,165.45 for Travis L. Sheriff of Waukesha to a low of $955.75 for Kevin D. Sheriff of Milwaukee.

The grand total forfeiture for all citations issued was $27, 826.42. The total potential forfeiture could have gone as high as $71,282.92, according to Miller, but not all fines were levied. Miller said this is “what we would do for anyone” in the same situation. In addition, fishing licenses were revoked for two years for nine of the men involved; licenses for four of the violators were revoked for one year. Miller said they will be prohibited from fishing in all of Wisconsin in addition to 26 other “compact” states, under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC). The IWVC is a compact under which member states reciprocate regarding the suspension or revocation of licenses and permits.

A July 13 court date has been set.

Five of the 13 men were staying at the Chippewa Pines Resort; eight were staying at Treeland Resorts & Motel.

Manager Jane Bidwell at Treeland Resorts & Motel said that this part of the group has been coming to the resort for approximately 12 years. They occupied only five of the 36 units and were among at least 150 to 160 other fishing guests that weekend.

“There was no way we would have known whose fish guts were in the three fish houses we have,” she said. The resort also has full-size freezers within every unit.

The resort gives all guests a copy of the fishing regulations upon check-in and asks them if they have read them, Bidwell explained. We also post the regulations in every cabin and all the fish houses, she said.

“We care about our resources — it’s how we make our living, and we would have turned them in immediately if we had known anything,” said Bidwell.

Resort owner Dianne Wilke of the Chippewa Pines Resort said that their group of fishermen have been staying at their resort for about eight years — she knows they have stayed at many of the other resorts on the Flowage as well.

“I personally said something to them about fishing over the limits and they told me they were fine,” said Wilke, who said that the fishing regulations are posted in each of their 10 rental units. “My husband Terry also said something to them about all the fish remains he was seeing, and they again said they were within their legal limit,” Wilke continued.

Wilke said it is impossible for a resort owner to personally regulate the fishing limits. “ I know that not all their fish were cleaned here,” she said. “They cleaned them on the lake and elsewhere and for all I know they ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday,” she said. Wilke added that she’s sure they knew the regulations.

The complete list of violators follows:

Chippewa Pines Resort

Rev. Nathaniel Johnson Jr., 58, Hartford, Wis., 196 total panfish (182 crappies, one bass fillet), cited for over possession limit of crappie (152 over limit), fined $1,874.50 ($544.50 plus $1,330); plus possession in excess of daily limit (at least 36 crappie per day, $544.50; plus possession of bass in excess of daily Limit (Bass is 0), $570.75. Total: $2,989.75, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of panfish by 146 fish, over possession of daily bag limit for panfish all five days of fishing by 51 percent to 75 percent, over possession of daily bag limit for crappie for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent, for total of $4,942.50 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

MacArthur Kirksey, 60, Brown Deer, Wis.,164 total panfish (150 crappies), cited for over possession limit of crappie (120 over limit), $1,542, plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 30 crappie per day), $544.50. Total forfeiture: $2,086.50. Plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of panfish by 114 fish, over possession of daily bag limit of panfish for all five days of fishing at 26 percent to 50 percent, over possession of daily bag limit of crappie for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent, for total of $4,444 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Dwight S. Kirksey, 56, Milwaukee, 142 total panfish (106 crappie), cited for over possession limit of panfish (92 over limit), $1,349.50 ($544.50 plus $805.00), plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 28.4 panfish per day), $243. Total forfeiture $1,592.50, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 76 fish, over possession of daily bag limit of crappies for all five days of fishing at 26 percent to 50 percent, over possession of daily bag limit of panfish for four days of fishing at or below 25 percent, for a total of $3,234 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Willie G. Colbert, 61, Milwaukee, 188 total panfish (191 were crappie and two bass), cited for over possession Limit of crappie (161.5 over limit), $1,957.63 ($544.50 plus $1,413.13), plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 38 crappie per day), $544.50, plus possession of bass in excess of daily bag limit, ($544.50 plus $52.50), $597. Total forfeiture $3,099.13, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of panfish by 138 fish, over possession of daily bag limit of panfish for all five days of fishing at 26 percent to 50 percent, over possession of daily bag limit of crappie for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent, for a total of $4,444 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Henry A. Jackson (Dog), 61, Milwaukee, 188 total panfish (191.5 were crappie and two bass), cited for over possession limit of crappie (161.5 over limit), $1,957.63 ($544.50 plus $1,413.13), possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 38 crappie per day), $544.50, and possession of bass in excess of daily bag limit, $597 ($544.50 plus $52.50). Total forfeiture $3,099.13, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of panfish by 138 fish, over possession of daily bag limit of panfish for all five days of fishing at 26 percent to 50 percent, over possession of daily bag limit of crappie for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent, for a total of $4,444 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

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Aaron M. Conley, 34, Milwaukee, 197 total panfish (135 were crappie), cited for over possession limit of panfish (147 over limit), $1,830.75 ($544.50 plus $1286.25), plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 39.4 panfish per day), $444. Total forfeiture $2,274.75, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 105 fish, over possession of daily bag limit of crappies for all five days of fishing at or above 76 percent, over possession of daily bag limit of panfish for four days of fishing at 51to 75 percent, for a total of $5,043 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years of all resource privileges.

Kevin D. Sheriff, 52, Milwaukee, 97 total panfish (63 were crappie), cited for over possession limit of panfish (47 over limit), $955.75 ($544.50 plus $411.25), plus fishing privileges for revoked for one year.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 33 fish for total of $544.50 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Travis L. Sheriff, 34, Waukesha, 198 total panfish (135 crappies, one smallmouth bass), cited for over possession limit of panfish (148 over limit), $1,839.50 ($544.50 plus $1,295), plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 27 crappie per day), $544.50, plus possession of bass in excess of daily bag Limit, $570.75 ($544.50 plus $26.25), plus fishing without license, $210.70 . Total forfeiture $3,165.45, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 105 fish, over possession of daily bag limit for panfish all five days of fishing by 51 percent to 75 percent, over possession of daily bag limit for crappie for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent for total of $4,942.50 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Paul A. Sheriff, 57, Milwaukee, 197 total panfish (135 crappie per no fishing license). Cited for over possession limit of panfish (147 over limit) = $1,830.75 ($544.50 plus $1,295.00), plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 27 crappie per day), $544.50, plus fishing without license, $210.70 . Total forfeiture $2,585.95, plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 105 fish, over possession of daily bag limit for panfish all five days of fishing by 51 percent to 75 percent, over possession of daily bag limit for crappie for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent for total of $4,942.50 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Zachary L. Bynum, 54, Milwaukee, 32 crappies, 110 bluegills, cited for over possession limit of panfish (192 over limit), $2,224.50 ($544.50 plus $1,680), plus possession in excess of daily bag limit (at least 48 panfish per day), $544.50. Total forfeiture $2,769.00 plus fishing privileges revoked for two years.

Other violations: Over possession of crappie by 102 fish, over possession of daily bag limit for crappie all five days of fishing by at or above 76 percent, over possession of daily bag limit for panfish for four days of fishing at or above 76 percent for total of $5,445 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Johnnie B. McGlaston, 63, Milwaukee, 113 panfish (78 crappie, 34 blue gill, one perch), cited for over possession limit of panfish (63 over limit), $1,095.75 ($544.50 plus $551.25), plus fishing privileges revoked for one year.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 48 fish for total of $544.50 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Charles E. Walker, 60, Milwaukee, 108.5 total panfish, cited for over possession limit of panfish (58.5 over limit), $1,056.38 ($544.50 plus $511.88), plus fishing privileges revoked for one year.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 1.5 fish for total of $243 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Levell Willis, 74, Milwaukee, 108.5 total panfish, cited for over possession limit of panfish (58.5 over limit), $1,056.38 ($544.50 plus $511.88), plus fishing privileges for one year.

Other violations: Over possession of crappies by 1.5 fish for total of $243 potential additional forfeitures, plus possible revocation up to three years on all resource privileges.

Grand total for all citations: $27,826.42

Total not assessed for other violations: $43,456.50

Total potential forfeiture: $71,282.92

Revocation could go up to three years for all privileges.

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Post Posted: 09:53am - Jun 3,10 
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Hmmm....no community service or jail time? I think they should have got some community service to give something back to the lake!!! Glad they got caught though!

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Post Posted: 12:29pm - Jun 3,10 
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Geo7455 wrote:
Hmmm....no community service or jail time? I think they should have got some community service to give something back to the lake!!! Glad they got caught though!


I totally agree with you Geo. I would rather see them lose their fishing privileges all together. Think about how long they have been going up there and staying at the same place, and how much over fishing they have done in that span. With the amount of people caught, you can't tell me this was the first year they began to over harvest. Should have fined them the full amount and hired another DNR officer for the year or put the money into restocking.

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Post Posted: 01:19pm - Jun 3,10 
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The mug shots of the violators should be plastered at every bait/tackle/boat launch/resort in the tri-state area.

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Post Posted: 06:27pm - Jun 3,10 
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Tom wrote:
Geo7455 wrote:
I think they should have got some community service to give something back to the lake!!! .



SpecialEd wrote:
The mug shots of the violators should be plastered at every bait/tackle/boat launch/resort in the tri-state area.


I agree to both of these statements!!

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Post Posted: 08:25pm - Jun 3,10 
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that is good they got busted. i hope the judge throws the book at them!!!

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