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Published January 29, 2014, 07:51 PM

40-man sting on Lake of the Woods has local fishing community buzzing

A 40-man sting on Lake of the Woods, carried out by the Department of Natural Resources, has the local fishing community buzzing.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

A 40-man sting on Lake of the Woods, carried out by the Department of Natural Resources, has the local fishing community buzzing. Various Minnesota DNR branches were involved and executed search warrants this past week that focused on the illegal take, transportation, and possession over limits of walleye.

No arrests have been made but there are an unknown number of people facing potential charges. Zippel Bay Resort owner, Nick Painovich, says most resorts have a friendly relationship with the DNR so it surprised him that some may not be complying with the rules.

Limits for fish are dependant on where you are on the lake, for instance near Zippel Bay it's a total of 8 fish, 4 walleye and 4 saugers. A rule, Painovich says should never be broken.

Nick Painovich, Zippel Bay Resort Owner said, "People come here to eat fish, they can take 8 fish home in the winter time, I think that's reasonable and I don't see any reason why anyone would want to take anymore than that."

DNR says multiple resorts and independent guides are involved in the investigation.

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