It’s a basic rule of fishing. There’s a limit to what you can catch. A Davenport, Iowa couple has been charged for catching 332 more fish than they were allowed.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources say Jeremy Nguyen and Chi Hue Tran were fishing the Mississippi River near downtown Davenport May 17.
An informant alerted authorities that the couple was catching white bass. Every so often, they would take their catch to their vehicle and return to fishing. This continued over a 2-3 hour period.
The daily bag limit for white bass in the Mississippi River is 25, with a possession limit of 50 per angler.
Officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Davenport Police Department went to the couple’s home and found 128 recently caught white bass, which were in the process of being filleted, 218 whole white bass, and 628 white bass filets from their freezer.
The couple faces $8,300 in civil penalties each for being 166 fish over their limit. If convicted of all three counts of being over possession, they will likely also lose their fishing privileges for two years.