Mn. angler pleads guilty


A Minnesota angler who caught a potential world-record trout while ice fishing pleaded guilty in court March 28.
Rob Scott of Crane Lake was fined $400 and had to forfeit his trout—a 52-pound, three-oz. whopper that measured 45 inches in length and had a 32-inch girth.
Scott had caught the fish on the Canadian side of Lac La Croix back on Feb. 8.
Authorities said Scott broke Ontario law because he’d caught a smaller lake trout earlier that day and then gave it away after catching the would-be world-record trout.
The lake trout limit is one fish. And since party fishing isn’t allowed, the second fish killed represented an over-limit.
The big trout will be held by the Ministry of Natural Resources for a 30-day period in case Scott files an appeal.
If not, the specimen could be mounted and kept for educational purposes.