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Ely resort owners charged with illegal gathering and sale of prized bait fish


September 11, 2020

Alex Kormann – Star Tribune

Ciscoes are prized bait during winter fishing for lake trout and northern pike and fetch high prices for retailers.

Three family members who run a northern Minnesota resort have been charged with violating the Lacey Act, a federal law banning illegal traffic in wildlife, by allegedly using nets and other methods to harvest ciscoes, a prized bait fish.

Robert Dale LaTourell Jr., 50, and Melinda May LaTourell and Melissa Ann LaTourell, both 45, run a resort on Moose Lake near Ely, Minn. They have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

"The defendants unlawfully imported, possessed, transported, and sold ciscoes for thousands of dollars of profit to bait retailers in Minnesota in violation of the Lacey Act," the news release said.


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