Illegal Commercial Fishing

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Help protect Missouri’s fisheries by reporting illegal fishing activity to the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111. – Joe@MDC

Conservation Agents Nick Bommarito and Brian Shelton recently discovered two individuals illegally using gill nets to catch fish in a ditch in New Madrid County. Neither fisherman had a commercial fishing permit, and the waterway was outside Missouri commercial waters. A commercial fishing permit is required to take fish with commercial fishing equipment in these waters. The gill nets were seized as evidence and each individual was issued a citation for commercial fishing without a permit and using commercial fishing gear in non-commercial waters. Warnings were also issued to each fisherman for illegal possession of fish.