Two men pleaded guilty and were fined a total of $1,250 for fishing violations in the Kenora area.
Gary Leduc of Kenora was fined $1,000 for possessing fish of a prohibited size. Brett Thurston of Winnipeg was fined $250 for fishing without a licence.
The court heard that on August 29, 2015, a conservation officer on routine patrol contacted the men while they were fishing on Winnipeg River near Kenora. Thurston told the officer he had a fishing licence but, upon inspection, the officer determined he did not. The officer also found that of the nine walleye the two men had, five were less than 35-centimetres long. Leduc admitted he had caught the undersized walleye.
Justice of the Peace Tom Logan heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on December 1, 2015.
Regulations are in place for Winnipeg River to allow the depleted walleye fishery an opportunity to recover from intense fishing pressure. Only walleye between 35 and 45-centimetres in length can be caught and retained.
To report a natural resource 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).