Featured image from Landon Mayer’s Instagram.
Over the weekend, a bait-using poacher was caught with a 20-inch Dream Stream rainbow trout tail slapping under his boot by Landon Mayer and a fishing buddy as they walked past. He was caught red-handed using bait and keeping a trophy size fish in the fly fishing only section of the river. Unfortunately for the poacher and his illegal quarry, Landon did the correct thing and called up the local CPW office to have a ranger come check out the suspected poaching activity. Check out how the rest of the incident went down in Mayer’s Instagram post, below:
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From Landon Mayer’s Instagram:
“After saying hello to Phil Tereyla, Zack Tokach and I headed to the water and started approaching an angler standing alone in the distance. While walking past, we noticed the tail of this trout flapping below his boot in the snow. Sadly with a nightcrawler still stuck in its mouth, the 20-inch trout did not make it. However, after calling Eleven Mile Colorado Parks and Wildlife, our new Park Ranger Makayla raced to the scene and wrote the man a $130.00 ticket for using bait and keeping fish in the Gold Medal Waters at Charlie Meyers WA of the South Platte River. If you ever see poaching on this or any other stretch of catch and release water don’t hesitate to take action and call Park Rangers, Game Wardens, or @coparkswildlife 1-877-COLO-OGT”
So next time you spot someone blatantly poaching on your waters, make sure the individual is doing what you think they are, and then alert the proper authorities for your waters.