Two U.S. residents have been fined $4,400 for having an over-limit of walleye.
Stanley Kosiorec Jr., of Cranesville, Penn., and James Roesler, of Coon Valley, Wis., both pleaded guilty under the Ontario Fishery Regulations to having an over-limit of walleye and each were fined $2,200.
They also are not allowed to fish in Ontario for one year.
Court heard that on Sept. 28, during a routine aerial patrol, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer contacted the men at an outpost camp on MacDowell Lake, north of the Town of Red Lake.
They told the officer they had a total of seven walleye. Upon inspection, however, the officer found they had 25 walleye—21 over their combined limit.
Each man’s fishing licence allowed him to possess two walleye, of which only one could be longer than 46 cm (18 inches), but they had a combined total of six beyond the allowable length.
Their fish and fishing equipment were seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Marjorie Pasloski heard the case Feb. 22 in Red Lake.
The ministry reminds anglers that if you catch a fish in a restricted size range, you must release it immediately.
When measuring fish, total length is a measure from the tip of the mouth with the jaws closed to the tip of the tail, with the tail fin lobes compressed to give the maximum possible length.
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).