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Willard Bay saturation patrol

The south marina of Willard Bay was full of anglers trying to catch crappie.

BOX ELDER COUNTY — Conservation officers conducted a saturation patrol from May 16–19 on the north and south ends of Willard Bay. The focus of this patrol was to stop people from keeping more fish than the limit allows.

Crappie were biting consistently the entire weekend, no matter the time of day. The inlet was the best location to find crappie, but anglers were catching them in both marinas as well as on the north dike. Hundreds of people were observed fishing the area throughout the weekend. Officers checked around 1,000 crappie and contacted more than 100 hundred anglers for limit compliance.

Over the course of the four-day saturation patrol, nearly 60 crappie were seized as a result of overlimit violations. Tickets were issued for Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife and for Unlawful Taking/Possession of Protected Wildlife. Only three people contacted were found to have license compliance violations.

Sergeant Brandon Baron commented, "We want anglers to know that DWR officers are out in the field protecting Utah's fisheries and wildlife. We concentrated on Willard Bay for several days in May. We want people to follow the law and for those who weren't complying, the word got out quickly about our law enforcement efforts at Willard."

  • Brandon Baron
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    Lt. Mitch Lane
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