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May 16, 2005
TPWD Game Warden Field Notes
The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
- Covert Work on Catfish Case Ends — The termination of a two-month covert investigation into the unlawful sale of fish from Lake Fork Reservoir in Northeast Texas ended May 10 with the arrest of an Emory man. Gene Henderson pleaded guilty before Rains County Justice of the Peace Don Smith to charges of selling and offering to sell protected game and finfish. The charges alleged that Henderson sold Flathead, Blue and Channel catfish taken from Lake Fork to covert investigators on three separate occasions. Prior to the arrest, the subject displayed and offered to sell 800 pounds of catfish being held in wire cages tied to piers near his waterfront residence. After the arrest, game wardens released twenty flathead catfish, the largest weighing 65 pounds, as well as 49 channel and blue catfish. Henderson’s fines total $6,750.
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