Southaven man sentenced in Enid Lake Spillway illegal crappie harvest

Published 7:22 am Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A Southaven man was sentenced last week in Oxford to a total of $3,500 in fines and restitution for the illegal harvest of crappie from the Enid Lake Spillway.

According to court documents, Fu Chen, 52, of Southaven pled guilty to one count of taking more than the daily creel limit of crappie from the Enid Lake Spillway on Jan. 1.

Chen caught a total of 90 crappie from the spillway, which is 75 more fish than the allowed creel limit of 15 crappie.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders ordered Chen to pay a fine of $1,000 as well as restitution to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks in the amount of $2,500.

In addition to the fine and restitution, Chen was placed on probation for a period of one year, during which time he will be prohibited from fishing anywhere in the world and banned from all Corps of Engineers property in the Northern District of Mississippi as a condition of his