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A Michigan resident has been fined $13,050 for possessing an over-limit of walleye.

William Krueger, of East Tawas, pleaded guilty and was fined $13,050 for possessing more walleye than allowed under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

He also was suspended from fishing in Ontario for 10 years.

Court heard that back on Sept. 2, conservation officers contacted Krueger, who was leaving White Lake Provincial Park, on Highway 17 in his vehicle while towing a fifth-wheel trailer and motorboat.

During the inspection, Krueger produced three plastic bags of skinless frozen pike from his trailer freezer.

Upon further inspection of the trailer, the officers discovered a chest freezer with a built-in compartment under a false bottom containing 64 bags of frozen, skinless fish.

Upon thawing the fish, the officers determined Krueger had 95 walleye-87 over the combined possession limit for him and his spouse under a sport fishing licence.

Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach heard the case March 20 in Marathon.

The public is reminded that catch and possession limits are in place to ensure the sustainability of Ontario's fisheries.

For more information on fishing regulations, consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing

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.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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