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Non-resident anglers to face more changes

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On the heels of cutting fish limits for resident and non-resident anglers alike, the province is now expected to go a step further—this time targeting non-resident anglers solely.

The local Ministry of Natural Resources office here refused to comment yesterday morning on a proposal expected to become law by this spring which would force non-resident anglers camping on Crown land to have conservation licences only.

But Al Farr, an enforcement supervisor with the MNR in Kenora, expected the change to be made by March, and confirmed it would restrict a catch limit of just two for most species.

Currently, the catch limit that was reduced to four effective Jan. 1 applies to all resident and non-resident anglers fishing Northwestern Ontario waters for bass, northern pike, and walleye.

Non-residents include all anglers who live outside of Ontario.

In related news, one-day licences for non-residents have been eliminated while the cost of annual licences for them has gone up to $55—a jump of $10 over last year.

A non-resident conservation licence increased to $33 from $22.50 while a non-resident spousal licence for two jumped to $80 from $60.

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