Don Jordan's Note Regarding This Story:
This story appeared in print on May 22, 1999, shortly after
the incident described took place. It has been on this web
site since that year without comment from Dahlberg, host
of the television show "The Hunt For Big Fish.".
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On Dec. 20, 2012, Inside Outdoors
received this email from Larry
This has bugged me for a while
because it is not true. I was never arrested, much less
actually even proven guilty of anything.
I had to pay the fine or they would have accidentally destroyed
my tapes in the home Beta player they were going to try
and copy them with.
I'm sure this sensational headline has been great for your
website, but unless you correct or remove it I will have
an my attorney contact you about the potential libel suite
you are exposed to.
Also, the fact my response was supposedly hacked and you
did not contact me for another copy does not bode well with
I hope you have a Merry Christmas! You were high on my list
of new years resolutions.
if you were not arrested, what did happen? I do have my
notes from one of the officers involved.
I will be happy to correct any errors or tell your side
of the story.
You should have contacted me a long time ago.
So far as website traffic is concerned, this is of little
interest to me. I am not running a commercial website and
Thanks for the note and I have enjoyed your television show.
I was not arrested. I was given a ticket for an event that
took place several hundred yards from the observers.
2. My tapes were impounded at the time of the ticket
3. The local conservation congress rep informed me the Officials,
having found out the TV station could not play my professional
Beta tapes, they planned to try and duplicate them using
a home beta player, which would have destroyed them. I paid
the fine via the congress rep to prevent destruction of
4. I actually caught and landed two fish during the period
in question. Underwater footage of the release clearly shows
a fish in totally perfect condition.
5. The gestapo type treatment my camerman received in their
hands (literally grabbed, snatched behind closed doors and
interrogated for over a half hour while we were forced,
with no explanation, to wait outside wondering what was
going on!) when we came to retrieve the tapes after having
paid the fine was beyond reprehensible. If the facts of
this came to light the officer would loose his job. What
it really boiled down to was a feud between Andy the warden
and Pat the guide that had been going on for several years
and several documented court cases, all of which warden
Andy lost. andy was playing games. I've got him on tape
writing down the wrong non-existant number for me to call
to retrieve my tapes.
6. I did absolutely nothing wrong.In retrospect I should
have spend the several thousand dollars and who know how
many days fighting it.
January 3, 2013 by Don Jordan
comment from the Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources below
"Officer Lewis and I disagree not only about some
details of the incident, but also over interpretation,"
Dahlberg said. "When we film the landing of a fish,
by necessity we keep it under control a bit longer than
we would if we were fishing only for sport. But we did everything
we could to protect the fish in question. When the Kitimat
segment airs in March on ESPN, the close-up footage will
prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the fish was never
mishandled or unduly stressed and was released in perfect
"Obviously, this incident is both embarrassing
and distressing to me. Earlier in the year I had received
the highest award for conservation from the International
Game Fish Association for releasing dozens of potential
world records instead of killing them for the sake of getting
my name in the record books. I've devoted my 39-year career
as a professional angler to the principles of selective
harvest and the responsible, ethical management of all our
resources, and I will continue to do so."
This note was written by Stephen Wisner for the Minn.
DNR's web site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/janfeb00/nofear.html
According to the Minn. DNR the writer Wisner spent six
years working as a fly-fishing guide in Idaho. He is a field
editor for Midwest Fly Fishing magazine. He lives with his
wife and son in Eau Claire, Wis.
Don Jordan's Comment: Having
interviewed and otherwise dealt with "big time"
anglers like Mr. Dahlberg for 40 years, I can testify that
threatening little guys like me is typical of the breed.