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Man fined for too many trout


A Northern Ontario man has been fined a total of $1,000 for catching and keeping too many brook trout and providing misleading information to a conservation officer.

Michel Begin of Marathon was fined $750 for unlawfully possessing fish that did not comply with the sport-fishing size limit and $250 for knowingly making a misleading statement to a conservation officer.

His fishing equipment was seized during the investigation and forfeited to the Crown.

Court heard that in August, Begin was observed catching and concealing three under-sized coaster brook trout along the banks of the Prairie River.

When checked by a conservation officer, Begin tried to mislead him about having fish in his possession.

Justice of the Peace Liette Hunter heard the case Dec. 14 in Marathon.

Anglers are reminded to carefully check the special quota and size regulations for catching brook trout in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

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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