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    PA Fish and Boat Commission are reporting the following:

    Trespassing scuba diving poacher apprehended at Raystown Lake.

    On April 3, 2017 @ approximately 2250 hours WCO Anthony Quarracino along with PGC WCO Richard Macklem II were on routine patrol near the breast of the dam. They discovered a vehicle parked near the power generation plant and assumed someone might be fishing in the area. Having issues with trespassing in the area the two officers progressed by foot under the cover of darkness. Passing the vehicle they observed diving equipment in the back seat. Nearing the water they saw a white light moving under water in a restricted area. Waiting out the violator they observed him surface near the public fishing pier in full dive gear complete with a spear gun and a stringer of fish. Upon contact the violator was found with three large Walleye, two of which were females full of eggs, and a five pound Smallmouth Bass. All were taken illegally with the spear gun. The season for Walleye is also closed. The violator will be charged with misdemeanor serious unlawful take, misdemeanor unlawful devices, misdemeanor criminal trespass, along with several other summary offenses. All of his dive gear and the four fish were seized as evidence. Good work to WCO's Quarracino and Macklem!!
    The one female walleye was about twice the size of the 5 pound smallmouth. UGH! Idiots! Walleye season opens May 6th ... Illegal method used for taking fish out of season in a restricted area, second time offender. This boy is in a heap of trouble! And rightfully so. Glad they caught him!

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    Been told that charges will be filed on Monday. At that time we will know what charges and the identity of the perpetrator. No one seems to know at this time, which is pretty amazing for such a small community. Usually everyone knows everything about everybody! HA!

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    • #3
      It takes all kinds. Wonder if the John Doe was in danger of becoming a victim of the water intakes?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by GA_Boater View Post
        It takes all kinds. Wonder if the John Doe was in danger of becoming a victim of the water intakes?
        No, he was on the output side of the spillway! If they opened up the gates, "Flushed Away" comes to mind! But since the dam has been identified as one of the top 10 terrorist targets in the state, it just leads to all kinds of wondering ... as a first responder, that is always in the back of our minds. The Army Corp really needs to do more to secure that area.

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        • #5
          Idiot. I don't know about down where you guys are but up here poachers generally get a slap on the wrist. The best penalties here seem to be public shaming on social media wrong or right. That's for a different conversation. There is currently almost 3 million dollars in in unpaid fines related to hunting and fishing offences outstanding here in Ontario. Rip off the government for taxes though and a citizen is looking at hard labour in the Arctic. Actually poaching is legal in Ontario as we still have a huge commercial industry for gamefish including Walleye on Lake Erie.
          Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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          • #6
            From our local paper, The Huntingdon Daily News, April 18th, 2017 ...
            Charges filed for fish poacher

            By April Feagley

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            • #7
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              Thanks for the update aspeck. We have a huge problem here in Ontario with the Legal spearing of spawning Walleye by some First Nations members. Perfectly legal and totally disrespectful of the environment we all try to be good stewards of.
              Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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