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Too many walleye nets man fine

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A Wisconsin man has been fined $1,500 for possessing 36 walleye over the legal limit.

Steven J. Herbeck, of Mineral Point, Wis., pleaded guilty to the offence under Ontario fisheries regulations.

The fish were donated to charity.

On July 17, 2007, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Dryden District conducted a fisheries enforcement blitz on Eagle Lake, about 30 km west of Dryden.

Officers inspected Andy Myers Lodge, owned and operated by Herbeck, and found 40 walleye in the lodge’s main freezer.

Herbeck told the officers the fish had been left behind by guests who had returned home to the U.S.

He took responsibility for possessing the over-limit of fish.

Justice of the Peace Raymond Zuliani heard the case Nov. 19 in Dryden.

To report a natural resource 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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