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Most anglers obeying rules

    Ninety-six percent of anglers stopped on local highways during two enforcement blitzes conducted June 22–23 were obeying the rules.    Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from the Dryden and Red Lake districts, together with OPP officers, conducted checks for both angling and motor vehicle offences on Highway 502, south of Dryden, and Highway 105, south of Red Lake.    The COs checked 1,101 non-residents and 73 residents.    Ten charges were laid for a variety of offences, including over-limits of fish and improper packaging of fish, which could not be easily counted or identified.    They gave out 41 warnings for improper packaging of fish and failing to stop for a conservation officer.    OPP officers, meanwhile, laid 14 charges for seatbelt violations and issued numerous warnings for seatbelt infractions.    The public is reminded that fishing regulations are in place to protect the sustainability of fish populations so anglers will continue to enjoy fishing for many generations to come.    Before fishing on a lake, river, or stream, anglers should continue to consult the 2005-06 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for limits, seasons, and gear restrictions.    These remain in effect until the new fishing regulations are approved. They are expected to come into effect Jan. 1, 2008.    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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