88 Sockeye Salmon Snagged Illegally

The Associated Press, via KTUU in Anchorage, reported that four men in the Wasilla area were charged with illegally snagging or netting 88 sockeye salmon in Cottonwood Creek.

Here’s the complete Alaska State Troopers dispatch:

Location: Cottonwood Creek
Type: Fishing Closed Waters, Fishing Without License in Possession, Illegal Possession of Sockeye Salmon

Dispatch Text:

On 07/30/2018 Alaska Wildlife Troopers with the help of Alaska State Troopers, investigated a complaint of illegal fishing in Cottonwood Creek near Wasilla.  Investigation revealed Mark Voloshin, age 59 of Wasilla, Nikolay Blidchenko, age 68 of South Carolina, Pavel Lokhmatov, age 70 of Washington, and Valentin Fonov, age 40 of Wasilla, were in possession of 88 sockeye salmon taken illegally by dipnet and snagging from Cottonwood Creek.  All were given citations to appear in court at a later date with bail to be set by Palmer District Court.  The fish were seized and donated to charity.

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