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Iowa couple take 332 fish over legal limit

This news story was published on May 31, 2013.
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A Davenport couple was charged last week with three counts of being over possession of white bass after an anonymous call to the local conservation officer.

Jeremy Nguyen and Chi Hue Tran were fishing the Mississippi River near the casino in downtown Davenport on May 17. The informant said the couple would be catching white bass, and then every so often they would take their catch to their vehicle and return to fishing. The alleged activity occurred over a 2 to 3 hour period.

The daily bag limit for white bass in the Mississippi River is 25, with a possession limit of 50 per angler.

Ed Kocal, state conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with Officer Barry Peiffer from the Davenport Police Department, met the couple at their residence where Kocal found 128 recently caught white bass in process of being filleted, and 218 whole white bass and 628 white bass filets from their freezer.

The couple faced $8,300 fines each for being 166 fish over their limit.

Kocal consulted with Allen Havercamp with the Scott County Attorney’s Office before charging the couple with three counts each of being over possession for white bass and assessing them each a civil penalty of $2,500 for being 50 fish over their limit.

If convicted on all three counts, each will lose their fishing privileges for two years.

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5 Responses to Iowa couple take 332 fish over legal limit

  1. Hacker Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Very fishy.

  2. Mr. Bojangles Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    It doesn’t matter whether these are fish people want to catch and eat or not. These Hmongs think they can get away with this, and it happens all the time. Good thing someone turned them in.
    They did not do anyone a favor, and thinking so is dumb. They need to follow the laws like the rest of us.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      May 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      @Mr. Bojangles-I have heard a rumor that they do the same things in Minnesota.

  3. sad but true Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Great catch for the DNR, white bass are a fish that nobody else will eat! These people were doing sport fisherman a favor. The Mung people flock out of Minneapolis every weekend to Devils lake ND where they take THOUSANDS of them out of the lake every week. Everybody sees it, nobody cares.
    They grind them up and use them in everything!

  4. common sense man Reply Report comment

    May 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

    mental note to this couple….don’t screw around with the DNR.