(Fremont County) Five southwest Iowa men have been charged with illegally harvesting channel catfish on January 19.
Officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Game and Parks were watching the Missouri River for illegal snagging when the witnessed the men loading the catch onto a truck in Fremont County. DNR officials say there was no fishing tackle in the boats, only nets.
Those who were charged include; 18-year-old Larkin Achenbach, of Pacific Junction, 57-year-old Lester Achenbach, of Thurman, 54-year-old Leland Achenbach, of Thurman, 50-year-old Frankie “Lyle” Achenbach, of Riverton, and 79-year-old James Achenbach, of Thurman. They were each charged with 18 counts of illegal method of take. In addition, Larkin, Lester, and Leland were charged with not having a commercial fishing license. The $270 in liquidated damages for 18 catfish was split between the five at $54 each.
Larkin Achenbach faces additional fines of $3,705.
Lester Achenbach was also charged with failure to carry registration and with improper display of registration. His fines totaled $3,856. The DNR has filed for condemnation of the boat, motor and trailer.
Leland Achenbach’s fines totaled $3,705.
Frankie “Lyle” Achenbach’s fines totaled $3,510.
James Achenbach was also charged with not having tags for his commercial fishing gear and two counts of not having personal flotation devices. His fines totaled $3,777. The DNR has filed for condemnation of the boat, motor, trailer and net.