As we look forward to the beginning of another fishing season, the Environmental Conservation Police would like to remind everyone of the value and importance of practicing good ethics and being respectful of the environment while enjoying the outdoors. Recreating on the water, whether it is fishing or boating, is a privilege and we must protect it.
Please keep in mind that some of our public access areas are adjacent to private property. When utilizing these areas, please be considerate of the private landowners who, in some areas, may be allowing us a right of way through their property. I encourage each one of you to express your thanks to them if possible which helps our Agency continue such beneficial partnerships. Be respectful of all private property when recreating, whether it’s fishing from a boat or wading from the shoreline. Remember, do not cast into a designated swimming area. This not only creates conflicts with landowners but it is also illegal.
When out fishing and boating, sportsmen should set the example by never leaving anything behind. Whether it’s the packaging of a new lure, fishing line, bait containers or food wrappers, all trash should be taken away to ensure the area is left in its natural state. Wildlife can be injured by trash that is left behind or dumped into the water. By practicing ethical behavior you are not only showing that you care for the environment but are also setting an example for future generations. Getting out for a day on the water can be a pleasurable experience for everyone and it all starts with you doing your small part to keep it clean and safe. Remember, please wear your life jacket when boating! I also encourage you to be vigilant and report suspected poaching activity or illegal behavior to our toll free call hotline at 1-800 842-4357. Thank you and have an enjoyable and successful fishing season!
Thank you and good luck!
Colonel Kyle Overturf
Director-State Environmental Conservation Police
Bureau of Outdoor Recreation
Fishing Violations and Fines
The list above is only a partial listing of violations and their fines. These and other fisheries violations will be accompanied by a suspension of your hunting, fishing and trapping license(s). Help protect our natural resources for future outdoor sports enthusiasts, obey the law and report suspected violations by calling 1-800-842-HELP.
Officer Keith Williams patrolling for illegal jet-ski activity.
Protecting both the resource and your access to the resource requires more than simply knowing and following the fishing regulations!
Respect private property
Don’t litter, don’t pollute
Be a safe boater
Be a good neighbor
And always use common sense and be courteous!
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.