Boat siezed and 2 men accused of illegal fishing in Muscatine

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Two Muscatine, Iowa men are accused of commercial fishing in an area closed to commercial fishing the week before Memorial Day.

It all started when someone called Iowa’s Turn in Poachers Hotline.  Conservation officers said they saw 41-year-old Duane Hook and 43-year-old Brian Lawrence use commercial fishing nets to fish in Muscatine Slough on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Hook and Lawrence were also accused of keeping crappies netted as part of their catch.

“Commercial fishing is only allowed on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and crappies are not allowed as part of the catch,” said a statement from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Hook and Lawrence were stopped as they were taking their boat out of the water.

Both men were cited for commercial fishing without a commercial fishing license, in an area closed to commercial fishing.  Hook was fined $995 and Lawrence was fined $920.  The DNR also seized the boat the men were using.

Hook and Lawrence were scheduled to appear in Louisa County Court to face the charges June 18, 2014.