Fisherman Cited For Taking Protected Fish

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A fisherman who caught a radio transmitter-equipped salmon from the Connecticut River has been nabbed after the biologists received a signal from dry land.

Officials became suspicious when they saw the 31-inch fish in a local newspaper and when the transmitter began beaming signals from the town of Bethel.

The Rutland Herald reports that Game Warden Keith Gallant located the salmon in a freezer and that Ryan McCullough of Bethel was issued a citation that could cost him his fishing license.

McCullough told investigators he thought the fish was a brown trout, not an Atlantic salmon. He caught it in the White River downstream from the Stockbridge federal fish hatchery.

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