Bounty-Collecting Angler Caught in LieCopyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Christopher Pluntz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge Wednesday as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Idaho Fish and Game managers thought something was fishy last year after the 44-year-old angler turned in 443 rainbow trout heads and collected a $15 bounty on each.
Investigators examined the heads and determined that the rainbow trout belonged to a coastal variety, not the type found in Lake Pend Oreille.
The bounty program aims to help the lake's struggling kokanee trout population.
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