We all have had occasion to fish hatchery supported trout water. However, one Maryland angler seems to have taken this sort of fishing to the limit and did his fishing at the source.
From a Maryland DNR press release:
Garrett County – On Wednesday, January 17, Mark A. Logsdon Jr., 18, of Frostburg stood trial in Garrett County District Court for theft of property valued under $500 and trespassing on posted property. Logsdon and Cory J. McKenzie, 19, of Grantsville were arrested and charged by NRP on July 18, 2006, for trespassing and theft of 14 trout valued at $344.50 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service, Bear Creek Trout Rearing Station, which is located in Accident.
Logsdon pleaded guilty to the theft charge and was sentenced to 30 days incarceration with all but 10 days suspended, one-year probation upon his release, $344.50 restitution to DNR, and is forbidden to enter upon the Bear Creek Trout Rearing Station. The State dropped the trespassing charge. McKenzie requested and was granted a postponement for his trial. No date has been scheduled at this time.
Perhaps his defense went something like, "Well your Honor, I sure thought there were a aweful lot of fish in that cement pond."