we all know the huge problem we have of our trophy fish being sold to paylakes. Below is a reort from a sting operation by the ODNR in 2002, they only got a 250 dollar fine, and I would imagine thee jsil sentance was reduced, with fines like this these guys doing this have no fear...And it tokk several years to get the evidence, can you imagine how many trophy fish we lost in this several year time frame. OPERATION MUDCAT NETS 45 INDIVIDUALS FOR ILLEGAL SELLING AND TAKING OF OHIO GAME FISH Ninety citations issued in 13 southern and western Ohio counties COLUMBUS, OH - Forty-five individuals in 13 counties were cited on Saturday for the illegal taking and selling of game fish, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. State wildlife investigators may file additional charges. The illegal taking and selling of game fish exploits a public resource, said Mike Budzik chief of ODNR's Division of Wildlife. We cannot allow a public resource to be abused for personal gain. Wildlife officers charge the individuals involved were illegally removing game fish, most of which were catfish, from Ohio streams and illegally selling them to commercial, recreational fishing operations. Ninety citations have been filed for violations including the purchase of game fish, selling of game fish, selling bait without a bait dealer license, aiding an offender, possession over the limit and illegal method of taking game fish. Investigators expect to file as many as 100 additional charges once the seized records are examined and follow-up interviews are conducted. Wildlife officers have been building the case they dubbed "Operation Mudcat " for several years. Most of the charges are fourth degree misdemeanors and concern the illegal sale and purchase of game fish. Penalties for illegally taking and selling game fish include a $250 fine, 30 days in jail and loss of fishing privileges. The investigation covered 13 counties including Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Hamilton, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Scioto and Warren. -30- For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com For Further Information Contact: Tim Schalter, ODNR Division of Wildlife (937) 372-9261 -or- Andy Ware, ODNR Media Relations (614) 265-6882 Back to ODNR Home Page State Front Page __________________ CPR Make sure we have a few for the future.