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Angler busted with 250 fish over limit in NW Minnesota

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The nearly 250 fish netted by DNR conservation officers during a recent investigation on West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County. The nearly 250 fish netted by DNR conservation officers during a recent investigation on West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County.
Half-gallon cardboard containers, plastic bags, and loose fish and filets collected by DNR conservation officers during a gross overlimit fishing investigation on West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County. Half-gallon cardboard containers, plastic bags, and loose fish and filets collected by DNR conservation officers during a gross overlimit fishing investigation on West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County.
CLITHERALL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer recently busted an angler with nearly 250 fish more than the legal limit.

Officer Shane Osborne met up with 69-year-old Ronald Wayne Johnson of Carlos, Minn. as he was about to pull his portable fish house off West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County.

"I asked how the fishing was and he said he caught some fish, but it wasn't that great," Osborne said.

When asked if he had any fish at home, Johnson said he wasn't sure.

"He then asked if I thought he had too many fish," Osborne said. "I said I wouldn't know that until I counted all of the fish he had. He said I could follow him home and check."

When Osborne visited Johnson's home, along with conservation officer Mitch Lawler of Alexandria, Minn., they found 22 frozen half-gallon cardboard containers, six plastic bags and several loose fish and fish filets.

The total haul added up to 228 sunfish, seven bass and six northern pike more than the legal limit. The fish restitution value is $1,560.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in Douglas County Court in February.

Anyone witnessing a fishing or wildlife violation is encouraged to contact the nearest conservation officer, law enforcement agency or the toll-free Turn In Poacher (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093.

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