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Minn. angler accused of catching too many fish
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota fisherman is accused of catching hundreds of fish over the legal limit.

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A St. Cloud Times report says the angler was fishing recently at West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County. A conservation officer approached and asked him how the fishing was. The 69-year-old Carlo man said it hadn't been great.

The officer asked him if he had any fish at home and the man said he wasn't sure. The man allowed the officer to follow him home and inspect his freezer.

The officer says he found cardboard containers and plastic bags filled with fish. He counted 228 bluegills, seven bass and six northern pike over the legal limit.

The suspect could face a year in jail, $3,000 in fines and $1,560 in restitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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