Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

State Wildlife Officer Tyler Eldred, assigned to Morrow County, was contacted by a concerned landowner during the spring about people trespassing on his property and fishing a private lake contained within. A few weeks later Officer Eldred and State Wildlife Officer Michael Budd, assigned to Knox County, were patrolling the area and entered the property to check the lake. The officers discovered three individuals fishing on the lake and using the landowner’s boat and other equipment. The individuals did not have written permission and stated that they had received verbal permission. The officers called the landowner who denied knowing the individuals and stated they did not have permission. The individuals were charged with fishing without permission. They pleaded guilty in the Morrow County Municipal Court and paid more than $225 each in fines and court costs.

Information received from the ODNR.