Hit the Kank for the first time ever (fishing) on Thurs. A buddy and me launched a small boat at the DCA and motored up river to do some exploring. Fishing was pretty slow, being the first nice day after a 2 week cold front, but we did manage a couple sauger.
Then, two guys in a bass boat show up. I can tell by their gear, and what they are throwing that they are fishing for bass. I see the first guy catch a smaller fish, maybe 12" then take it to the rear of the boat. I was 90% sure he threw it in the livewell, but the angle was hard to tell for certain. Kept fishing, and a little while later, the guy in the back of the boat catches one too. This time, I am positive it was a smallie. I keep an eye on him and sure as ever, he kneels down, opens the livewell, and drops em right in!! Not long after, another!!
I get on the cell phone and call up one of the local CPOs direct, and let him know what I saw. Not 15 minutes later, I saw him show up and wave the boat to shore. Don't know how many they had total, but they were caught with more than a couple.
CPOs can't be everywhere, but they respond to 0% of the calls they never receive!
Find out what State Police Dist you are located in, and call their non-emergency # to get a CPO. the hotline is an extra step IMO.
Best thing to do, When you see a CPO in your area, stop and ask him for his work cell #, and call them directly. Use this # to report violations only!!! Do NOT call them direct to ask about season dates, creel limits, or other information you can obtain on your own. (quick way to piss one off!!)
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Report those violators guys!