According to a press release sent to the media by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, on Feb. 6, Environmental Conservation Officer Jeff Hovey was patrolling ice fishing activity on Lincoln Pond in the town of Elizabethtown when he spoke to a angler who had a large German Shepherd with him on the ice.
According to Hovey, the fisherman had a valid license, was using legal tip-ups, and had several northern pike he had caught within the daily possession and size limit which claimed were the only fish he had caught.
Hovey said he heard flopping sounds coming from a bucket in the back of the man’s UTV and inside the bucket he discovered a largemouth bass and several northern pike.
The final tally of the fisherman’s catch according to DEC, was two yellow perch, eight northern pike, and one largemouth bass, prompting ECO Hovey to issue the angler appearance tickets for taking bass out of season and three fish over the five-fish possession limit for northern pike.
Photo: Too many pike, one illegal bass, and one large dog, courtesy DEC.