A Wisconsin man has been fined $4,000 for fishing offences and banned from fishing in Ontario for five years.


Michael Ritchie of New London pleaded guilty to possessing 25 walleye over his conservation licence limit of two.


Court heard that on July 2, 2015, conservation officers were conducting fisheries checks along Highway 502, in the Fort Frances District. During an inspection of fish and fishing equipment, officers found that Ritchie and another individual were in possession of 29 walleye caught on Lac Seul. Further investigation determined that Ritchie had 27 of the walleye, while the other individual only caught two.


Justice of the Peace Pat Clydesdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Fort Frances, on April 29, 2016.


The ministry reminds the public that catch and possession limits for fish are in place to maintain a sustainable fishery so that anglers and other resource users may enjoy the resource in the future.


For more information on fishing regulations, please consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/fishing.


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).