A Minnesota man has been fined for an offence under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.
Shane Thompson of Warroad pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for fishing in a provincial fish sanctuary during the closed season.
His fishing rods also were forfeited to the Crown.
Court heard that on April 20, a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officer discovered Thompson ice-fishing within the well-marked fish sanctuary of Porter Inlet in Redgut Bay on Rainy Lake.
Thompson also was in possession of several black crappie, which were caught in the sanctuary.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case Aug. 10 in Fort Frances.
The ministry reminds anglers that fishing regulations are in place to maintain a sustainable fishery, and sanctuaries are critical in protecting fish populations for future generations to enjoy.
For more information on fishing regulations, consult ontario.ca/fishing