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Fishing License Check Finds 30 Percent Are Not Licensed

May 23, 2007

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was at the 5 and 1 Dam in Cedar Rapids over the weekend checking anglers for a current fishing license. DNR conservation officers checked 30 anglers, of which nine were caught fishing without a license.

“This is excellent work by our officers. The individuals who were fishing without a license are stealing from the resource provided by our licensed anglers,” said Marion Conover, chief of the fisheries bureau for the Iowa DNR. “In my opinion, these no-license cases are the most important cases we have because without compliance by the public, there is no way we could accomplish all the good things we are doing across our state for the public and the resource.”

License fees go back to supporting and improving the resource as lake improvements, stream accesses and stocking fish. In Cedar Rapids, license fees are responsible for trout fishing at Mcloud Run.

A resident season fishing license costs $17.50. The fine and court costs for fishing without a license totals $89.60. The license check was prompted by calls of to the DNR of illegal fishing activity.

“Our officers are actively working to enforce all fish and game laws, but we cannot be in all places at all time, so we appreciate all the help we get from the public, as in this case,” said Lowell Joslin, chief of law enforcement with the DNR.

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