Field reports: Banks Lake poachers get ‘light’ sentence

March 8, 2015 - photo frame

FISHING – Three Tacoma group got off easy in a Grant County District Court sentencing for illegally regulating gillnets to kill whitefish in Banks Lake, a state wildlife officer says.

The group had been arrested after a brief feet follow in a stakeout by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife military on Dec. 8 nearby Coulee City. Officers confiscated 376 whitefish and one trout.

The whitefish daily extent is 15.

Victor Lala, 42, pled guilty and was fined $1,068 final week for bootleg netting. A 90-day jail judgment was reduced to 40 hours of open service. The over-limit charges were dropped.

Sergey Lala, 52, and Leonid Lala, 47, any were condemned to $300 fines and 8 hours of open use for illegal netting.

“For a blurb operation like this, we consider a penalties should have been higher,” pronounced Capt. Chris Anderson, who supervises a informal Fish and Wildlife military out of Ephrata.

Several other vital gillnet operations have been destitute during Grant County lakes in new years. In this case, 4 state officers spent a day staking out a poachers until they could tighten in and make the arrests.

“We’re kind of disappointed,” Anderson said. “A lot of work goes into creation these cases. For some reason, dual of these guys got light sentences.”

In 2013, 4 Western Washington group got most stiffer fines for illegally gillnetting 242 cutthroat fish from Lake Lenore south of Coulee City.

The group pled guilty to wrong recreational fishing and fishing with a net and any was condemned to 20 days in jail, 40 days of electronic home monitoring and fines or costs totaling $4,100.

Starting this year, Grant County has a new prosecutor, Garth Dano.

Tyler Santiago, a county prosecutor for a Banks Lake case, did not lapse calls from The Spokesman-Review.

Numerous dart seen in Kettle River Arm

FISHING – An angler’s print display dual dozen northern dart in a recently dewatered apportionment of Lake Roosevelt didn’t warn a region’s fisheries managers – too much, that is.

The angler pronounced a dart had been stranded in a apportionment of a Kettle River Arm as a turn of Lake Roosevelt has been lowered in a past week.

The unconfirmed print was forwarded to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists, who, along with a Kalispel Tribe, have begun a fourth year of concealment and stealing invasive northern dart in a Pend Oreille River near Newport.

“We are wakeful of low densities of dart in a Kettle Arm, though this is a really discouraging photo,” pronounced Jason Olson, a tribe’s dart termination project manager.

The Pend Oreille concealment is dictated to conceal a dart to revoke a possibility that they’ll pierce downstream and into a Columbia’s salmon and steelhead reaches.

“We have been receiving new reports of dart collect in a Kettle River,” pronounced John Whalen, a state’s informal fisheries manager in Spokane. “WDFW is coordinating open work skeleton with a Colville and Spokane tribes for some stretched northern dart criticism work this open in (Lake Roosevelt) with an importance in a reduce Kettle River impounded area next a Barstow Bridge.”

Anglers are speedy to catch, keep and kill any dart they locate in Lake Roosevelt or a Pend Oreille River, he said.


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