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Wisconsin angler hit with fines

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A Wisconsin resident has been fined $3,100 for fishing-related offences.

James Sorensen of Neenah pleaded guilty and was fined $2,100 for possessing an over-limit of walleye and $1,000 for possessing fish that were packaged so the number could not easily be counted.

Court heard that on Sept. 4, a conservation officer inspected a boat with three anglers fishing on Lac des Mille Lacs.

The inspection revealed the anglers had fish caught on previous days at their overnight accommodations.

Fish were produced for inspection in various states of packaging, including several bags of uncountable frozen and skinned fish.

Further investigation revealed Sorensen was in possession of seven walleye over his sport-fishing licence limit.

All of the fish were seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace J. Guthrie heard the case Dec. 6 in Thunder Bay.

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

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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