TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Two men were cited for snagging Chinook salmon out of Three Rivers that were pooled up for production at the Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery south of Tillamook Friday, police said.
A landowner filmed the suspects as they reportedly used a hand line and hook to fish the salmon out of the water, said Sgt. Todd Hoodenpyl with Oregon State Police.
The suspects took off before police got to the scene, but a state trooper spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 18 and stopped it, Hoodenpyl said.
A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up eight Chinook salmon in a cooler covered by clothing. The suspects were identified as 30-year-old Fernando Patricio-Medina and 30-year-old Christian Patricio-Avila, both from Tualatin.
Both men were cited for trespassing, angling in a closed stream, angling with a prohibited method (snagging), unlawful taking of Chinook salmon and aiding in a wildlife crime.
"We appreciate the help of local residents to help identify and find these two suspects," Hoodenpyl said in a press release. "This is a great case as we had received a complaint of these subjects being on Three Rivers snagging fish earlier in the week."