2 fishermen caught cheating at Ohio tournament plead guilty

Posted at 6:02 PM, Mar 27, 2023

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two men accused of stuffing fish with lead weights and fish fillets in an attempt to win an Ohio fishing tournament last fall have pleaded guilty to charges including cheating.

The two men have also agreed to three-year suspensions of their fishing licenses. Both are scheduled to be sentenced May 11.

Prosecutors plan to recommend a sentence of six months probation. The cheating allegations surfaced in September.

A walleye fishing tournament director became suspicious when their fish were significantly heavier than typical walleye. They would have won a little over $28,000 in prizes for winning the tournament.