Authorities confiscated more than 2,500 panfish from an Onalaska angler facing $24,683 in fines for exceeding possession limits.
Stanley Paalksnis, 73, pleaded not guilty through his attorney to four citations Thursday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens Nov. 4 on Lake Onalaska saw Paalksnis keep 47 bluegills, according to court records. The daily limit is 25.
Paalksnis claimed he did not catch more than the daily limit and wouldn’t let authorities into his house at W7283 N. Shore Lane without a warrant, telling a warden that he wasn’t “real law enforcement” as he was being detained, according to reports.
“The only thing I hate more than game wardens is (an expletive),” Paalksnis told a warden.
In his boat and house, authorities found 2,066 bluegills, 418 perch and 88 crappies, reports stated. The possession limits are 50 each.
Paalksnis told a warden that for 20 years he was selling bags of fish for $5 in Chicago, reports stated.
Prosecutors want the judge to revoke his fishing privileges and confiscate his 15-foot flat-bottom boat and two freezers seized during the search of his house.
The DNR issued Paalksnis seven citations for exceeding possession limits between 1989 and 2011 in Buffalo and La Crosse counties. His fishing privileges were revoked twice.