The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report from Oct. 27 - Nov. 2 includes incidents in the Lake Okeechobee area. This report represents some events the FWC handled over specified weeks; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
Officer Naules was on patrol when he observed an individual throwing a cast net into a freshwater canal. Upon inspection, he found the subject to be in possession of multiple freshwater gamefish species including largemouth bass and panfish. It is illegal to harvest freshwater gamefish with a cast net. The subject was issued a notice to appear for the violation.
Officer Specialist Crosby and K-9 Officer Madsen responded to a vessel on Lake Okeechobee that had a disabled engine. The vessel operator was not from the area and was unfamiliar with the lake, it had gotten dark and his cellphone battery was running low. The officers located the individual, assisted him with getting his vessel’s engine running, and escorted him safely back to the boat ramp.