One thing about it, the moment you decide to take the fish so you can use the resource is the moment the DNR shows up. How in the world do you prove that it was an accident?
Even if it went to waste (which it wont) its better to leave it rot then have all of your gear taken and your license revoked.
Maybe they aren't as strict there, but they don't mess around here.
Well, even if they aren't strict or do believe your story, every time they see you after that they're be scrutinizing everything you do. Here in MD, there's been a lot of media attention & public outcry over poaching, the majority of which is alleged to be by commercial watermen. I'm sure there's enough of it that goes on by recreational anglers too. Fly anglers in particular, being a much smaller group, tend to police the waters they frequent better than other angler groups, so it's not as prevalent. Still, some of it goes on even on the trout streams.
The DNR has been doing a good job, but still they can't be everywhere or catch every poacher. There's just not enough officers. With that kind of attention being placed on the issue, it's not worth taking the chance. Once you get caught, if convicted, in the eyes of the law, and likely most who find out about it, you'll always be a poacher!