Muskoka To-DAILY

448 anglers checked in MNR ice fishing blitzes

PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA — Two weekend blitzes by the Ministry of Natural Resources enforcement team resulted in a number of ice fishing charges recently.

The first blitz, on the last weekend of February, focused on lakes Joseph, Rosseau, Muskoka, Bernard and Lake of Bays.

Conservation officers from the Parry Sound and Bracebridge areas, along with the canine unit and the OPP’s Snowmobile ATV and Vessel Enforcement Unit, checked 418 anglers for compliance with the Ontario Fishery Regulations and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

During the blitz, 21 charges and 33 warnings were issued, including:

- fishing without a licence

- angling with more than the permitted number of lines

- over-limit of fish

- fishing without a licence on the person

- being more than 60 metres from the fishing line in use

Officers also encountered offences related to safety infractions under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act and issued warnings under the Liquor Licence Act.

The second blitz was in the Parry Sound area on Saturday, March 8.

Conservation officers from Parry Sound enforcement unit, along with the ministry’s aviation services, checked 40 anglers on remote no-live-bait lakes for compliance with the Ontario Fishery Regulations and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Charges and warnings included:

- possessing live baitfish as bait

- using live baitfish as bait

- fishing without a licence

- fishing without carrying a licence

- angling with more than the permitted number of lines

- exceeding catch and keep limits

- being more than 60 metres from the fishing line in use

Officers also encountered safety infractions under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act and issued warnings under the Liquor Licence Act.

The public is reminded that in some lakes, fishing with live bait is prohibited. The use of live bait can introduce non-native species that compete with native fish populations. In fragile, live-reproducing brook trout lakes, it can negatively affect the brook trout population. Consult the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing, to learn about baitfish restrictions in Ontario waters.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).

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