Division of Natural Resources Police have cited two Marion County residents with violating the state's trout fishing laws. DNR law enforcement made the discovery of 321 trout at the home of Michael Earl Fetty, 70, and Tammy K. Fetty, 46, of Wallace.
Investigators allege that the Fetty's would catch and keep a number of trout daily at Curtisville Lake and Huey Run Lake in Marion County. They would then bring their catch to the back of their residence, clean and wrap the trout, and then put it in the freezer. Investigators found seventy-five trout from the winter and spring of 2012 along with 90 trout from the winter/spring of 2013 and 156 trout from 2014, including 12 trout the Fetty's had in their possession when approached by a Natural Resources Police Officer at Curtisville Lake March 19, 2014.
The Fetty's were issued citations for the exceeding the possession limit of trout and for the violation of Chapter 20 of the West Virginia State Code and wildlife law. The Fetty's face two charges each.
They appeared in court on April 2, 2014 and pleaded guilty to all of the charges. Both Michael and Tammy paid $660.50 for court costs, fees, and fines.
Fisherman are reminded that the daily limit for trout that can be caught and kept per day is six trout and the amount that can be kept in possession is 12 trout.
If you have any questions about the fishing regulations, you can go to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources office or contact the local office for Harrison and Marion County at 304-825-6787.