Winston man suspected of catching too many fish

A Winston man who allegedly caught more than twice the legal limit of fish while angling in the South Umpqua River was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police said.

Russell Smith, 37, was spotted with another man carrying fishing poles and a spear on the river around 6:20 p.m., officers said.

A witness saw Smith run down the river bank and retrieve a large string of fish, officers said.

An officer contacted Smith while he was leaving in a car.

Smith had 40 smallmouth bass, exceeding the daily limit of 15 fish. An officer found he also had a warrant for his arrest from Yellowstone County, Montana.

He was arrested on suspicion of a wildlife offense and a felony burglary warrant.

Smith was taken to Douglas County Jail and held in lieu of $7,500 bail.


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