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A Davenport couple fishing on the Mississippi River are now facing $5,000 in civil penalties for breaking fishing laws.

The couple was in possession of 332 fish over the legal limit. The Iowa DNR filed the charges on Wednesday.

"We do try to monitor areas that have problems with people either taking undersized fish or people taking over their limit of fish," said Iowa DNR Conservation Officer, Ed Kocal

There are size regulations for the fish you take -- the bigger the better.

"By keeping the smaller fish in the lake," Kocal said, "they're able to control the number of prey species."

There are limits to the amount of fish you can take. It differs depending on the breed of the fish.

"Once you catch your 25 white bass, you cannot catch any more white bass for that day."

There's also a limit on the amount of fish you can have in your possession. Typically, it's double your daily catch limit.

These laws are in place to keep the fish harvest as productive as possible. If you get caught breaking the rules, you could be facing some stiff penalties.

"Civil penalties usually begin at $50 per fish for most of our common fish species," Kocal said.

Jun West spent Wednesday morning fishing in downtown Davenport. He advises familiarizing yourself with the laws before the fish is on the hook.

"If you don't know the rules, throw it back," West said. "Otherwise the DNR will give you a ticket."

An annual fishing license in Iowa costs $19. It's $15 for a fishing license in Illinois.

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