Release Date: 03/14/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Catahoula Parish man for alleged game fish violations and resisting an officer on Feb. 24.

Austin Arnold Sanders, 55, of Jonesville was booked for taking game fish illegally, taking over the limit of freshwater crappie, resisting an officer and improper running lights on his vessel.

Agents observed Sanders raising and emptying a series of hoop nets into his boat.  He kept all the fish removed from the nets.  Agents made contact with Sanders and apprehended him after a brief foot chase.  He was later found to be in possession of 120 crappie and 42 bream.  The fish and three hoop nets were seized as evidence. 

Taking game fish illegally carries a fine up to $750, jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Taking over the limit of crappie is punishable by a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for resisting an officer is a fine up to $500, jail for not more than six months, or both plus court costs.  The fine for improper running lights is a $50 fine, jail for not more than 15 days or both.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Brian McDowell, Agent Christopher Hoag and Sr. Agent Robbie Mayo.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at or 225-765 2469.