FARMINGTON, W.Va. — Two residents of Marion County were charged with and have pleaded guilty to violations of the state’s trout fishing laws.
A months-long investigation by officers of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section resulted March 19 in the discovery of 321 trout at the residence of Michael Earl Fetty, 70, and Tammy K. Fetty, 46, Wallace. Officers determined that the Fettys would — on nearly a daily basis — fish Curtisville Lake and Huey Run Lake in Marion County where they would catch and keep varying amounts of trout.
The Fettys would transport their catch back to their residence where they would clean and wrap the trout and then place them in a freezer. Seventy-five trout from the winter/spring of 2012 were discovered along with 90 trout from the winter/spring of 2013 and 156 trout from 2014, including 12 trout the Fettys had in their possession when approached by an officer at Curtisville Lake on March 19.
Both Fettys were charged with exceeding possession limit of trout.
On April 2, the Fettys pleaded guilty at Harrison County Magistrate Court. Each was charged $320.50 in court costs, fined $40 and ordered to pay $300 in replacement costs for a total of $660.50 apiece.
The daily limit for trout is six and possession limit is 12.