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No fisherman’s tale, men net $8,600 in fines

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The MNRF is reporting that three southern Ontario men have been fined a total of $8,600 for Lake Nipissing walleye fishing violations.

The men, from East York, Toronto and Brampton, incurred fines for various fishing offences.

  • The man from East York pleaded guilty and was fined $1,200 for abandoning 16 walleye suitable for human consumption and $2,000 for two counts of fishing without a licence.
  • The Toronto man pleaded guilty and was fined $2,900 for catching and retaining eight walleye of prohibited size.
  • The Brampton pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for catching and retaining seven walleye of prohibited size.

All three men will receive fishing licence suspensions of varying degrees.

According to the MNRF release, Justice of the Peace Monique Mechefske heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice. In late February, Ministry and Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers received a complaint that a party of three males angling on Lake Nipissing had caught, retained and abandoned numerous fish.

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With the assistance of the Special Investigations Services and Canine Units, an investigation was initiated. On March 5, officers contacted the three men on Lake Nipissing and determined they were in possession of prohibited-sized walleye. The East York man had also abandoned 16 walleye from the group’s earlier trip in late February.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing.

 

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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