I’m a big fan of the thin green line that protects our natural resources so it’s to be expected that an appreciative smile crossed my face when a Google alert linked me to the following from KearneyHub.com:
VALENTINE (Nebraska) — A Nebraskan’s taste for trout has left him up a dry creek for a year and $6,523 poorer.
Timothy Bare, 53, of Valentine was caught possessing 249 trout. The legal possession limit is eight.
A Cherry County judge revoked Bare’s Nebraska fishing and hunting privileges for one year and assessed him $5,875 in damages, $600 in fines and $48 in court costs.
The investigation began Sept. 13 when Valentine police officers contacted Frank Miller, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officer, about fish found in a large trash bin. The investigation led to Bare’s home.
A search of a freezer in the garage revealed 249 trout, five undersized largemouth bass, two perch, a channel catfish, a bluegill, seven salmon steaks and a package of processed wild game, authorities said.
Bare’s fines included penalties for the undersized bass. He pleaded guilty Monday.
Nebraska fishing regulations generally allow anglers to catch four trout daily. Some state lakes and city ponds across Nebraska have an eight-trout daily bag limit under a special regulation.
Anglers, however, may not possess more than eight trout.
A Nebraska Resident Fishing License: $26.00
The Fine for 249 Trout in Possession: $6,523.00
This Bozo Getting Caught: Priceless