Section 9-11-91

Catching, etc., of fish in private ponds, lakes, pools, or reservoirs.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to take, catch, or kill or attempt to take, catch, or kill fish or aid in the taking, catching, or killing of fish of any species by the means or use of a seine, net, trap, or any similar or other device which may be used for taking, catching, killing, or stunning fish, or by the use of hook and line, rod and reel, by use of dynamite or other explosives, or by the use of any poison, poisonous substance, fishberries, lime, or other deleterious or poisonous matter in any private pond, private lake, private pool, or private reservoir of this state, except as otherwise specifically provided in this section.

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), but if the violation is for seining, netting, dynamiting, or poisoning fish in such private bodies of water, the fine shall be not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the convicted violator may also be imprisoned in the county jail or sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than six months at the discretion of the court.

(c) This section shall not apply to the owner of any private pond, private lake, private pool, or private reservoir, or to any member of his or her family, duly authorized agent, lessee, any other person holding from the owner specific written authorization, or any person who accompanies the owner or person in possession or control of such private body of water.

(d) Any federal or state agent engaged in research, restocking, or rescue work shall be exempt from this section, or any private fish culturist who holds a written permit from the owner or person in charge of the private pond, private lake, private pool, or private reservoir shall also be exempt.

(e) All money arising from fines, penalties, or forfeitures for violations of this section shall be forwarded to the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources by the trial court on the first day of each month and shall be covered into the Game and Fish Fund of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

(Acts 1951, No. 924, p. 1573, §§1-5; Act 2008-384, p. 714, §1.)