Minn. says 21 face fish poaching charges 16 Apr 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota wildlife officials say 21 more people face fish poaching charges in the biggest such case in the last 20 years.

State and federal officials have been working with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on a three-year investigation called Operation Squarehook.

They say the cases announced Monday involve illegal purchase and sale of game fish, mostly walleye, taken from popular fishing lakes such as Cass, Leech, Red and Winnibigoshish lakes on the Red Lake or Leech Lake reservations.

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr says the investigation shows poaching won’t be tolerated in Minnesota.

Ten men were indicted last week on federal charges from the same investigation.