DNR: 12 people face 80 charges in Lake of the Woods case

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this afternoon that 12 people face a total of 80 charges in connection with an investigation into guided fishing operations on Lake of the Woods that culminated with 40 conservation officers sweeping through the area in January.

Summonses have been mailed to the people being charged, and documents will soon be filed with the Lake of the Woods County Court Administrators office, but a spokeswoman this afternoon said she hadn’t yet received them. Soring said he couldn’t disclose the names of the people being charged because he didn’t know the status of the filing process.

He did, however, break down the 80 charges (all misdemeanors) as follows:

Angling related
 23 possess over limit walleye (misdemeanor fines plus restitution).
19 pack fish without a packer license.
10 transport walleye without a skin patch.
1 angle while angling license revoked.
1 unattended line.
2 transport undressed walleye from special regulations lake.
1 illegal length walleye.
1 unlawful culling of walleye.
2 deposit litter into lake.
1 angle with extra line.
Other violations
 5 guide bear hunters without guide license.
3 fail to register bear bait station.
3 fail to display ID sign on bear bait.
1 fail to register deer.
1 transport loaded firearm.
1 discharge firearm from moving watercraft.
2 possess waterfowl without markings.
1 unlawful gifting of waterfowl.
1 attempt to illegally take ruffed grouse.
1 operate unregistered ATV.

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