CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Department of Game and Fish has seized more than 1,600 rainbow trout from a man in Clovis, all of which came from city parks.
“I have never seen anything like it before,” said Cpl. Tyson Sanders.
Bounchanh Bounsombath, 62, was arrested Monday accused of having more than 160-times the legal limit of fish.
He told officers he caught all them at the Green Acres Lake and Dennis Chaves Pond in Clovis.
According to state law, licensed anglers can catch and keep up to five rainbow trout per-day and can have ten trout at their home at a time.
The department says Bounsombath did not follow these rules when it came to catching all of those trout.
KRQE News 13 spoke with Bounsombath about the allegations.
He says he was short on cash and he was saving the fish to put food on the table for his family.
Local fishermen say they understand.
Game and Fish says it’s seeking $8,000 in restitution for the trout.
According to court records, Bounsombath was arrested in 2013 for the same crime.
Bounsombath pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of rainbow trout, exceeding the bag limit on multiple occasions and exceeding the possession limit.