Choctaw County Game Warden Andrew Potter and Atoka County Game Warden Jim Gillham seized multiple illegal electrofishing devices at Hugo Lake on Monday after recently retired Oklahoma game Warden – newly appointed Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Game Warden Manager – Jay Harvey noticed a suspicious boat tied off at Hugo Lake.
“After recognizing the illegal equipment on the water, he notified his former coworkers,” according to Oklahoma Game Wardens. “Wardens staked out in the area of the boat after verifying the shocking equipment on board. Eventually the operator showed up. Investigation and interviews yielded the seizure of multiple shocking devices, wire lead sets, and catfish which had been taken using the equipment.”
The suspect was charged with possession of shocking devices on or near waters of the state, taking of game fish by illegal means, and possession of wildlife not legally taken.
Charges are pending with the Choctaw County District Attorney.