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Pair of anglers net hefty fines

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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.

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

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