June 8, 2005
Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)
Enforcement Division arrested an Orleans Parish man for alleged recreational
fishing violations on May 27.
Agents observed Gary M. Spiess, 25, of New Orleans fishing in Lake Pontchartrain
near the Industrial Canal. The agents then stopped Spiess to do a license
compliance check in which Spiess allegedly told them he left his license at
The LDWF dispatch office confirmed Spiess was on the current license revocation
list. He was arrested and cited for fishing while under license revocation,
fishing without a basic license, fishing without a saltwater license and
operating a vessel with improper running lights. In addition to the criminal
charges, Spiess was also issued another civil citation for the value of the fish
he possessed without proper licenses. All fish were seized and donated to a
charity, and Speiss was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison.
In July of 1997, Enforcement Agents cited Spiess for fishing without a basic and
saltwater license. In addition to the license violations, Spiess was also issued
a civil citation totaling $216.69 for the value of the illegally taken fish.
Spiess failed to pay the entire civil penalty and in September of 1999 after
several attempts to collect the unpaid civil penalty, the department revoked
Spiessí recreational privileges.
Fishing while under license revocation carries a fine up to $500 or jail time up
to 90 days, or both, plus court costs. Fishing without a basic and saltwater
license each carry a $50 fine plus court costs. Improper running lights carry a
maximum fine of $50. The civil penalty for the value of the fish totals $169.
Senior Agents Eddie Skena and Jason Russo participated in the investigation.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or