A Sioux Lookout resident has been fined $3,500 for a fishing violation.
Justin Young pleaded guilty, and was fined $3,500, for angling during the closed season for lake trout.
He also received a two-year fishing licence suspension.
Court heard that on Dec. 10, Young was observed by a conservation officer angling through the ice on Big Vermilion Lake.
An inspection revealed Young had a total of seven lake trout in his possession.
The lake trout season is closed on Big Vermilion Lake from Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
Big Vermilion Lake is one of the few lakes in Sioux Lookout District with lake trout, which is a sensitive and slow-growing species.
Enhanced regulations have been in place on Big Vermilion Lake since 2004 to help sustain its stressed population.
Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case Feb. 22 in Sioux Lookout.
To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-847-7667 any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.
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