Fisherman Charged With Exceding Crappie Limit On Chautauqua Lake

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CHAUTAUQUA LAKE – DEC Officers ticketed an unidentified man with catching and keeping more than his limit of Black Crappie while fishing on Chautauqua Lake.

On Friday, March 29, ECOs Darci Dougherty and Chris Freeman received a complaint of a fisherman who had kept more than his limit of crappie on Chautauqua Lake.

The ECOs patrolled to the canal off the lake and quickly identified the vessel in question. Upon questioning the fisherman, the man claimed that some of the 65 crappies in his possession were caught the previous day, which still put the subject over the limit by 15 fish.

The fisherman was cited for possessing over the limit of black crappie and failure to carry a valid license while fishing. The ECOs seized the fish that were over the limit and ECO Dougherty successfully released many of the living fish back into the water.

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