Hi, My Name Is Attila The Fishing Hun

Just as parts of Oregon saw good runs of salmon this spring, so too was there a bumper crop of snaggers, if reports in the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division’s monthly newsletter are indication.

Troopers wrote up piles of citations on the Rogue River as well as Big and Gnat Creeks.

They also ticketed overlimit clam diggers, rolled their eyes at fresh freelance adipose fin surgery, found numerous anglers fishing with two rods sans that pesky second-fish-pole validation, and dealt with all sorts of strange cases in the outdoors.

Here are high, err, lowlights ripped straight from OSP’s May newsletter:

HMMM, FUNNY HOW THIS HOMEMADE RULER MEASURES LONG

Sgt. Lea (Coos Bay) contacted three sport boat anglers at the Port of Charleston who said they caught several rockfish and two lingcod. Lea asked to see the lingcod and was told they were buried in a cooler but was assured they were over 23”.

The anglers were persuaded to produce the fish for inspection. The subjects had placed the fish on a homemade measuring board that indicated the fish were about 23” long; however, the measuring board was marked incorrectly, and the fish measured 19” and 20”.

Lea cited the boat owner and seized the fish.

NO FISHING ON WEDNESDAYS? PAH, THAT’S ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THE RULES

Rct. Herman (Astoria) and Tpr. Schwartz (St. Helens) conducted a boat patrol on the Columbia River. They contacted one angler using two rods. A consent search located several sturgeon fillets the angler said he caught that morning. The angler did not have a license or tag, and Wednesdays are closed to sturgeon. The angler also had a warrant.

The troopers lodged the angler at the Columbia County Jail and cited him for Angling Prohibited Method—Two Rods, No Valid Harvest Card, and Unlawful Possession of Mutilated Game Fish.

HI, MY NAME IS ATTILA THE FISHING HUN

Sr. Tpr. Frerichs (Roseburg) observed a subject catch several steelhead smolts on the north Umpqua River. The subject violently jerked the hook and guts out of two smolts, killing them, and tossed them into the river dead. The subject continued to catch more smolts until Frerichs contacted him.

The subject said he did not know trout season was closed.

Frerichs cited him for Failure to Release Trout Unharmed.

BIG HAUL — FOR OFFICERS

Tpr. Schwartz and Tpr. Vogel (St. Helens) conducted a Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River boat patrol …

While Schwartz approached a group of six anglers with eight active rods, one angler attempted to cut his line off but failed to clear the line from the rod’s tip. While discussing two rods, Schwartz noted a measuring tape and pliers near the water’s edge. He approached the tools and observed parachute line tied to nearby vegetation and leading into the water. He pulled up the line and discovered five undersized sturgeon, with three under 32 inches.

The subjects admitted to catching the sturgeon, as well as knowing they were illegal.

The troopers issued three citations for Unlawful Retention of Undersized Sturgeon, one for Aiding in a Wildlife Offense, two for Angling Prohibited Method—Two Rods three for Angling Prohibited Method—Barbed Hooks, two for No Angling Harvest Card, and warnings for Angling Prohibited Method—Multiple Hooks and Angling Prohibited Area.

Vogel contacted anglers upstream and issued citations for No Angling License and Angling Prohibited Method—Two Rods.

In all, troopers issued 18 citations and seized and released five sturgeon.

SO, I SHOT THIS BOBCAT WAY OUT OF SEASON … OH, YOU’RE AN OFF-DUTY FISH & WILDLIFE DIVISION OFFICER? WHOOPS.

Sr. Tpr. Cushman (Central Point) finished the follow-up on a subject hunting bobcat out of season who Sgt. Hand (Klamath Falls) initially contacted on his day off while Hand was turkey hunting.

The suspect actually took a picture of Hand and the turkey Hand bagged while bragging about his out-of-season bobcat success. The suspect was obviously unaware of who he was talking to.

As a result of the investigation, Cushman cited the suspect for No Hunting License and seized what was left of the bobcat. Cushman also warned the suspect’s hunting partner for similar offenses. Both men were extremely cooperative, especially when they realized who they had bragged to was a Fish and Wildlife sergeant.

BAD WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MAN

Sr. Tpr. Pearson (The Dalles) stopped a man on the Deschutes River access road in Maupin for a hazardous moving violation. The 20-year-old had consumed beer but was determined to be under the influence. He had a suspended driver license and was not wearing his seat belt. Pearson cited the subject for MIP—Alcohol, Driving while Suspended, Failure to Maintain a Single Lane, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, and UPCS—Less than One Ounce of Marijuana.

That same evening, Pearson and Sr. Tpr. Lindberg (Madras) spotted the subject near his campsite several miles downriver with six other subjects, and four were underage and in possession of alcohol. The troopers cited the four minors for MIP—Alcohol.

The next day, the troopers drove by the subject’s camp and noted him carrying a fishing rod and an open can of beer near the river. They cited him again for MIP— Alcohol. The subject angrily broke his rod over his knee to show his displeasure. He also did not have an angling license, but he had not started fishing when observed near the river.

WHAT A FINE MOM

While conducting angling license checks on the Clackamas River near Gladstone, Tpr. Fromme (Portland) noted a male and a female approaching him from the High Rocks area. When the female saw Fromme, she turned away and jumped over the bank into the briar bushes lining the Clackamas River.

Upon contact with the male, he told Fromme he did not know who the female was, but she had just ran across I-205, crossing both northbound and southbound traffic lanes.

He also told Fromme that the female she said was lost, extremely intoxicated, and looking for her children.

Fromme eventually found the female, who was very intoxicated. When he contacted the subject, Fromme could see full body scratches she sustained from falling down the embankment. He also noted she was soaking wet from falling into the Clackamas River.

Fromme’s subsequent investigation found her to be on felony post prison supervision with a no-alcohol clause. The subject stated she was lost and was trying to find her two infant children who she had left at a party with her fiancé.

Fromme took the subject into custody on a detention warrant and lodged her in the Clackamas County Jail without incident. Fromme was able to find the children and fiancé who were notified of the arrest.

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