Department of Natural Resources
May 24, 2021
Men will pay a total of more than $8,500 in mandatory restitution
|Stanley Garbacz Jr., 68, of Caseville, and Bruce Warren, 53, of Pigeon, were arraigned in Huron County District Court recently for illegal possession of panfish, perch and walleye.
Warren surrendered earlier this week and was arraigned on one charge of taking a daily over limit of perch and owes $600 in mandatory restitution. Both men face additional court fines and costs and could lose their fishing privileges when they are sentenced at a future court appearance.
"Fish rules and regulations are in place to maintain a healthy natural resource," said Lt. Dave Shaw, Michigan DNR Law Enforcement Division. "Taking over limits by one or more individuals can impact the harvestable population and which could potentially reduce fish species for future generations."
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Josh Wright received a tip from the DNR's Report All Poaching Hotline in March that Garbacz was potentially at his residence in possession of a few hundred perch.
While in route to the Garbacz's residence, Wright requested assistance from Huron County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joshua Loss, who arrived at the suspect's home first. Loss confirmed that there were "a lot" of perch being filleted.
Wright arrived at the residence and received permission to count the 170 perch that Garbacz and Warren caught earlier in the day - putting them each over the daily catch limit by 60 perch.
As Wright continued the investigation, he found 85 bags of frozen fish in four of Garbacz's freezers. Wright thawed and counted the fillets. Based on the Saginaw Bay area daily and possession limits, Garbacz was over limit by:
Processed fish from previous days must be canned or frozen.
Suspected poaching violations may be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the DNR's Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. Tips may be submitted anonymously and rewards may be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.
/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Caption information follows. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Perch: Huron County residents Stanley Garbacz Jr., 68, of Caseville and Bruce Warren, 53, of Pigeon were in possession of 170 perch - putting them each over the daily limit by 60 perch.
Freezer: Garbacz had 85 bags of frozen fish in four freezers at his home.
Thawed fish: Conservation Officer Josh Wright thawed 85 bags of frozen walleye, panfish and perch fillets found during the investigation at Garbacz's house./