Husband and Wife have Boat Seized after being Busted for Electrofishing

A husband and wife have lost their boat and have received a citation after they were busted by Oklahoma game wardens. The pair had quite the slick set up concealed in the boat but the officers were ready for them when they pulled into the boat ramp and caught them red-handed.

Here is what the Oklahoma Game Wardens posted on Facebook:

On 10-8-2021 a husband and wife were shocking fish on Skiatook lake. Game Warden Jeremy Bersche (Osage County) spent 4 hours hiding in the brush near the boat ramp on Hominy creek waiting and observing. Finally the boat to came back to the ramp well after dark. Jeremy Bersche and LT Paul Welch (Osage County) made contact with the suspects at about 10:00 pm. The Wardens found the shocking device attached to the boat under a console with a flip switch. The leads for the device were also hidden in the boat. Citations were issued to both suspects for the shocking and illegal means of taking game fish. Their boat was seized and held for evidence.

Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook Page

Electrofishing is illegal because it gives the angler an unfair advantage. Here is how it works:

Electrofishing uses direct current electricity flowing between a submerged cathode and anode. This affects the movement of the fish so that they swim toward the anode, where they can be caught.

Basically what this couple was doing was flipping the switch in the boat and scooping up the fish that the electronic device attracted. Definitely not sportsman-like and defiantly poaching.

Electrofishing is a common scientific survey method used to sample fish populations to determine abundance, density, and species composition. When performed correctly, electrofishing results in no permanent harm to fish, which return to their natural state in as little as two minutes after being caught.