Utah Men Charged With Cheating in Bass Tournament

Investigators say they weighed in largemouths caught at a different lake.

Utah Men Charged With Cheating in Bass Tournament

Red fins on the weighed-in fish at the Lake Powell tournament was one of the clues that they might have been caught elsewhere. (Photo courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Two Utah men who were disqualified for allegedly cheating at a bass tournament more than a year ago on Lake Powell were officially charged in the case.

Robert Dennett, 45, and Kamron Wootton, 35, both of Washington City, illegally relocated live fish in a cheating attempt at a two-day tournament in October 2018, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said in a news release. The men were charged with bribery or threat to influence a contest, a third-degree felony; unlawful release of wildlife, a class A misdemeanor; and unlawful captivity of protected wildlife, a class B misdemeanor.

The case began after state conservation officers received a report through the UTIP hotline about the alleged incident on Oct. 21, 2018.

The Utah agency said organizers of the largemouth tournament on Lake Powell noticed the men’s fish looked different from the fish caught by other competitors. The top prize in the tournament was $2,500. The men were in second place and caught the biggest fish after Day 1, but were subsequently DQ’d due to the suspicious nature of their fish.


"Some of the largemouth bass they'd turned in had little heads and fatter bodies, indicating a different diet than the fish at Lake Powell, which were more lean," DWR Lt. Paul Washburn said in the news release. "The fish also had red fins, which indicated they had undergone some stress."


The fish were tested at the University of Utah where it was determined the fish had been caught at Quail Creek Reservoir, the agency said in the news release.

"During the investigation, conservation officers also learned that the men had taken first, second or third place at eight other bass fishing tournaments earlier that year,“ the agency said.

It is illegal to transport live fish to other areas of the state without the proper certifications, and can result in a class A misdemeanor. Dennett and Wootton have an initial court appearance scheduled for June 4.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Pro angler Jonathan VanDam showcases new offerings at ICAST 2019, including the ultra-thin, big bait boxes, LED-lighted boxes and backpack-able gear lockers. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

13 Fishing Pathfinder Weedless Walking Bait

13 Fishing Pathfinder Weedless Walking Bait

Fresh off catching the biggest bass in ICAST Cup history, 13 Fishing pro Jessie Mizell shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Big Squirm soft plastic worm and the company's unique Pathfinder topwater walking bait that is totally weedless in design.

Simms

Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor Hoody

John Frazier of Simms Fishing Products helps OSG's Lynn Burkhead understand the new features of the new Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor sun protection hoody.

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

As OSG's Lynn Burkhead looks on, Josh Neville shows off the cordless and corded versions of a new electric filet knife from Bubba Blades.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record. Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the cooler.

By Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, including these great options. Catfish

12 Great Catfish Baits

Jeff Samsel

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, including these great options.

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix them. Fishing How-To

10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix...

See More Trending Articles

More News

Michael Cassidy joins group to defend hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation. News

G&F Publisher Tabbed for Sportsmen's Alliance and Foundation Board

Game & Fish Digital Staff - April 13, 2020

Michael Cassidy joins group to defend hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation.

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is personally donating protective masks to medical workers across the U.S. News

BPS's Morris Donates 1 Million Masks: COVID-19

Lynn Burkhead - April 21, 2020

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is personally donating protective masks to medical...

In a controversial executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, boaters and anglers cannot use motorized boats through the end of April. Conservation & Politics

Motor Boats Not Permitted in Michigan — COVID-19

Lynn Burkhead - April 15, 2020

In a controversial executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, boaters and anglers cannot use...

Missouri angler beats his own spotted sucker record; bow fisherman also recognized. News

Possible World Record Breaks Angler's Own Mark

Game & Fish Digital Staff - April 30, 2020

Missouri angler beats his own spotted sucker record; bow fisherman also recognized.

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now