Bracebridge angler fined $1,400 for two walleye over limit of six
BRACEBRIDGE — A Bracebridge area man has been fined a total of $1,400 for fishing violations.
Kyle Matthew Crawford pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence, says the MNR in a release Tuesday.
They say he had caught and kept six walleye while fishing in LakeMuskoka, in the District Municipality of Muskoka.
Anglers with a sport fishing licence are allowed to catch a maximum of four walleye in Fisheries Management Zone 15.
Court heard that on June 5, 2014, a ministry conservation officer and a Bracebridge O.P.P. officer inspected anglers at a public wharf at Boyd Bay in LakeMuskoka. The officers found that Crawford had three walleye on the wharf and another three in his vehicle parked nearby.
Crawford did not have a fishing licence. His rod and reel were forfeited to the Crown and the fish were donated to a local non-profit organization.
Justice of the Peace Sue Evans heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Bracebridge, on July 15, 2014.
Walleye are one of the most highly sought after sport fish in Ontario. The ministry expends considerable resources to maintain a healthy, sustainable fishery. Taking fish without legal authority jeopardizes these fishery resources and undermines the work undertaken to maintain a healthy stock that supports recreational fishing.
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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