The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 25 charges and issued 52 warnings during a three-day enforcement blitz along Highway 105.
From June 7 to June 9, 2017, conservation officers from the Kenora, Red Lake and Dryden enforcement units checked 26 resident anglers and 659 non-resident anglers on lakes along Highway 105 between Ear Falls and Vermilion Bay. Officers were checking for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Ontario Fishery Regulations and public safety laws.
Charges were issued for:
- fishing without a licence
- having an over-limit of fish
- keeping fish of a prohibited size
- fishing in a sanctuary during closed season
- abandoning fish suitable for food
Warnings were issued for:
- skinning fish so that species cannot be identified
- packaging fish so that number cannot easily be identified
- providing false information to a conservation officer
Officers also laid charges and warnings under the Liquor Licence Act and the Small Vessel Regulations for having open alcohol and operating a pleasure craft without the required safety equipment.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Source: Northwest Ontario Outdoors