A Rainy River resident has been fined for having more than his limit of walleye.
Dorion Ozykowski pleaded guilty under the Ontario Fishery Regulations and was fined $1,000 for possessing 10 walleye over his legal possession limit.
Court heard that on Sept. 9, Ozykowski was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Baudette-Rainy River international bridge to have 14 freshly-filleted walleye.
A Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer was alerted.
Ozykowski told the officer he didn’t know how many fish he actually had or was entitled to.
He said that someone from the group he fished with on Lake of the Woods, north of the Canada-U.S. border, gave him the fish, but refused to disclose the names of his fishing party.
Ozykowski’s fishing licence entitled him to possess four walleye caught from Lake of the Woods.
All of his fish were seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case March 8 in Rainy River.
The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal to stockpile large quantities of fish. An individual may not have more fish than the possession limit of that species.
Possession is considered to include storing fish at home, at other locations, in freezers, holding them in live wells, or even having eaten them as part of a day’s meal.
For more information on fishing regulations, consult the 2012 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary before heading out to fish.
The summary also is available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers, and on the ministry’s website at ontario.ca/fishing
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).