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Trout poachers cited in Lancaster

January 14, 2011 |  8:03 am

Two trout poachers have been cited for violating fishing laws in a Lancaster park, authorities said Friday.

L.A. County sheriff's deputies and wardens with the state Department of Fish and Game conducted a day-long surveillance Thursday of Apollo Park after receiving complaints of excessive fishing.

Poachers seemed to favor days when the park pond is restocked with trout, which occurs twice a month on Thursdays from November to April. In warmer months, catfish replaces the trout, authorities said.

Two people were issued citations for fishing with more than two poles and smoking in a county park, authorities said.

Sheriff’s parks bureau Cpt. Stephen Smith said joint operations will continue on a random basis to enforce fishing rules and regulations.

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