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A Manitoba man has been fined a total of $2,300 for fishing-related offences.

Vincent Wiebe of Lake Francis pleaded guilty and was fined $1,550 for fishing without a licence.

He also pleaded guilty and was fined $750 for trespassing for the purpose of fishing.

Wiebe’s fishing equipment was seized and will be returned once the fines are paid.

Court heard that on May 28, a conservation officer contacted Wiebe at the Ontario Power Generation Whitedog Falls generating station, located on the Winnipeg River 48 km northwest of Kenora.

Wiebe was walking up from behind a “Danger—No Trespassing” sign on the property.

Upon investigation, the officer determined Wiebe had caught seven walleye while on OPG property in an area posted with signs warning people to stay clear.

He also did not have an Ontario fishing licence.

Justice of the Peace Roger McCraw heard the case Sept. 20 in Kenora.

The public is reminded that the water near hydroelectric stations and dams can be dangerous as flows and levels can change quickly and without warning, in response to demand for electricity.

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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