CODY - On Feb. 17 in Park County Circuit Court, Daniel Cunningham, 26, of Powell pleaded guilty to fishing with illegal bait and using more than the number of poles allowed at East Newton Lake. Cunningham was fined $240 and will lose his fishing privileges for the next two years.
North Cody Game Warden Travis Crane observed Cunningham on East Newton Lake illegally using bait on January 18. “In addition to his three other poles, Cunningham was using fishing line attached to an empty Gatorade bottle with a treble hook and PowerBait. He placed the Gatorade bottle in an ice fishing hole several yards from his fishing location in an attempt to conceal his additional lines and illegal bait. Cunningham caught a large trout with the illegal fishing rig,” Crane said.
Cunningham was also cited recently by Powell Game Warden Chris Queen for illegally snagging trout and taking an over limit of trout.
“This certainly made things more serious for Cunningham’s violations,” Crane said. “Judge Bruce Waters and the Park County Attorney’s Office handed down an appropriate sentence when they suspended Cunningham’s fishing privileges.”
“There are a large number of legal anglers who enjoy fishing at East Newton Lake because of the exceptional trout fishery there. These sportsmen should be appalled by the fact that Mr. Cunningham took advantage of their fishery,” Crane said.
East Newton Lake, located northwest of Cody, is a popular fishery managed for trophy-sized trout. Special regulations including the use of artificial flies and lures only, are required on this water to sustain the quality of the trophy fishery. Rainbow trout in East Newton Lake are the wild brood source for Eagle Lake rainbow trout in Wyoming. Eggs taken from this water are used to stock rainbow trout across Wyoming.
(Contact: Tara Teaschner (307) 527-7125)