DNR: More than 150 undersized striped bass seized at Fishing Creek bridge

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says Natural Resources Police seized 154 undersized striped bass and charged nine men over the weeklong period between April 27th and May 4th, all at the Fishing Creek bridge in Dorchester County.

On April 27th, police say they caught two men catching and hiding undersized striped bass. Police say they found 12 hidden striped bass between Medrano Ernesto Isabet, 45, and Jose Arnoldo Portillo Vasquez, 63, both of Reston, Va. Each was charged with fishing in a prohibited area, keeping more than their limit of striped bass and keeping undersized striped bass.

On April 28th at 2 AM, Natural Resources Police stopped a vehicle leaving the area of the bridge and reportedly found 86 striped bass hidden in the vehicle's trunk. Eliud Daneris Flores, 30, of Alexandria, Va., Hector D. Ortez, 23, of Hyattsville, and Miguel Angel Herrara Roman, 31, of Silver Spring, were each charged with exceeding their daily creel limits, keeping undersized striped bass, fishing in a prohibited area and keeping fish between midnight and 5 AM, officials said.

Officers in the Fishing Creek area this past Thursday seized 56 striped bass between four Prince George's County men. William Richard Chavez, 45, Nery Antonio Gonzales, 31, Juan Roberto Ramierz, 54, and Jose Alberto Rivera, 33, are all charged with exceeding their their daily creel limits, keeping undersized striped bass and fishing in a prohibited area.

The Department of Natural Resources says each charge could carry a maximum fine of $1,500. The men charged in April are scheduled to appear in Dorchester County District Court on July 19th, while the four charged this month are scheduled to appear on August 16th, officials said.

Maryland striped bass rules and regulations for 2017 can be seen here. To see maps for seasonally closed areas for striped bass fishing, click here.

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