Two men have been found guilty and together fined $14,900 for fishing-related violations.
Matthew Slough and Kieran McCormick of Winnipeg each were fined:
- $3,500 for obstructing a fisheries officer;
- $1,500 for making false and misleading statements to a fisheries officer;
- $1,200 for fishing for lake trout during a closed season;
- $500 for unlawfully using fish as bait; and
- $500 for fishing with barbed hooks in a restricted area.
Slough also was fined $500 for fishing without a licence.
As well, both were suspended from fishing in Ontario for two years and their fishing equipment was forfeited to the Crown.
Court heard that on March 19, 2016, a conservation officer conducting a fisheries inspection contacted Slough and McCormick at a cottage on Clearwater Bay (Lake of the Woods).
In front of the cottage was evidence of recent ice-fishing activity.
During the inspection, both men made multiple false and misleading statements to the officer.
A subsequent investigation confirmed both men had conducted illegal fishing activity, including angling for lake trout in a closed area and using restricted fishing gear.
Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case Aug. 28 in Kenora.
To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-847-7667 any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.
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