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Angler fined more than $6,500 for being 241 fish over the limit

January 29, 2010 |  9:41 am

Trout swim in a fish hatchery holding pond.

Valentine, Neb., resident Timothy Bare was ordered to pay more than $6,500 in fines and penalties after pleading guilty Monday to being in possession of an overlimit of trout -- by 241 fish.

According to a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission news release, conservation officers were contacted in September by city police after some fish were discovered in a dumpster. The subsequent investigation led them to Bares' residence, where 249 trout were found in the freezer. All fish were confiscated, including five undersized bass.

The state's legal limit for trout is eight, and is defined as the total number of fish that a person may have in his physical control or storage.

Bare, 53, was assessed $600 in fines, $48 in court costs and $5,875 in damages. His fishing and hunting privileges also have been revoked for one year.

No word on how long it took Bare to catch all these fish, but with his angling privileges put on ice for the next year it sounds as if he'll have a lot of time on his hands. Perhaps he can spend it boning up on state angling laws -- or trout recipes.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Trout swim in a fish hatchery holding pond. Credit: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times

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