Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers conducting a boat patrol on the river stopped to talk to two men fishing from a jetty in the area, according to the agency. One of the men was nervous and admitted to having a steelhead in his truck.
When the officers took a look, they found a large, B-run buck steelhead with the tail cut off to leave the fish just under 27 inches long. Current fishing regulations limit catches to a 28-inch maximum.
The fish clearly had been well over 30 inches before the angler’s surgery on it, according to officers. The fisherman was belligerent and claimed it had been of legal length, but his friend admitted it was not, officers said.
LINK (via: Tri-City Herald)