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Charges laid against anglers

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The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 30 charges and issued 24 warnings during a two-day fisheries enforcement blitz along the Highway 105 corridor in Northwestern Ontario.

On June 11 and 12, conservation officers from Kenora, Dryden, and Red Lake districts, along with a Northwest Region canine officer, checked 419 anglers for compliance with Ontario fisheries regulations.

Conservation officers checked anglers on the water and in tourist camps. OPP officers assisted with a road check on Highway 105.

Charges were issued for having an over-limit of walleye and northern pike, and 65 walleye and 11 northern pike were seized.

Warnings were issued for:

•over-limit of walleye;

•having an oversize walleye;

•having oversize smallmouth bass; and

•improper packaging of fish.

Officers also laid charges and warnings against individuals under the Liquor Licence Act and Forest Fires Prevention Act regulations for having open liquor and failing to extinguish a fire.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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