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Concealing over-limit of fish costly

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A Hurkett man has been charged for having 22 walleye over the legal limit and attempting to hide the fish from Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers.

Gunnar Hult, 60, was fined $2,200 after pleading guilty to possessing 22 walleye more than the legal limit.

He also was fined $1,000 for obstructing a conservation officer by trying to conceal his cooler filled with fillets.

Court heard that on Aug. 23, 2006, Hult was fishing on Fog Lake, northwest of Nipigon.

As conservation officers approached the angler, he tried to hide the walleye fillets by throwing the cooler containing them into the nearby bush.

Following inspection, officers determined Hult was in possession of 26 walleye fillets–22 over the legal limit.

All of Hult’s fishing equipment and fish were forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace John Guthrie heard the case May 22 in Thunder Bay.

The ministry reminds anglers that the province’s recreational fishing regulations are in place to protect the sustainability of walleye populations.

Catch-and-possession limits are listed in the 2008-09 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, which is available at licence issuers, ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, and ontario.ca/fishing

To report a natural resource 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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