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Fishing party fined for walleye over-limit

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A fishing party of four has been convicted of possessing more than their limit of walleye.

Roger Marion and Donalda Zoratti, both of Kenora, and Cyril Taylor and Solange Taylor, both of Winnipeg, all pleaded guilty to possessing an over-limit of walleye and each were fined $600.

They had a total of 16 walleye over their collective legal possession limit.

Court heard that while conducting a marine fisheries patrol on May 16, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers contacted the group on a houseboat on Lake of the Woods.

The group was found to have their legal possession limit of walleye—four each for a total of 16—in the livewell of their fishing boat.

But the officers then determined they also had an additional 16 walleye on their houseboat.

The over-limit fish were forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case Aug. 13 in Fort Frances.

The ministry reminds anglers that it is illegal to catch and keep large quantities of fish. An individual may not have more fish than the possession limit of that species.

Possession includes storing fish at home, at other locations, or in freezers, as well as transporting them and holding them in livewells.

For more information on fishing regulations, consult the 2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary before heading out to fish.

The summary is available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers, and on the ministry’s website (ontario.ca/fishing).

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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