DNR officials bust people illegally catching whitefish from West Michigan piers

Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 15:07:55-05

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — State officials caught more than two dozen people illegally taking whitefish from piers in Grand Haven, Muskegon and Whitehall over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Sgt. Jeff Rabbers of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division says about 25 to 30 people were ticketed and 50 to 70 fish seized.

Those involved were allegedly catching whitefish during the annual spawning run from Lake Michigan up western Michigan rivers, Rabbers told FOX 17.  Undercover plainclothes officers were used to catch violators.

It’s illegal to keep whitefish hooked in areas other than their mouths or to use baits with extra weights. Fishing gear was confiscated and those involved face fines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report