Charges lead to fines for Manitoba anglers caught fishing on Shoal Lake in June 2020.
On the evening of June 13, 2020, conservation officers conducted a marine patrol on Shoal Lake, which is closed to all commercial and recreational fishing, when they observed a group of people angling.
During the contact, it was determined that a total of 11 walleye had been caught and retained by the group, of which, four of the individuals were not licensed to fish in Ontario that year.
Brody Leathwood and Richard Maxwell of Stony Mountain, Manitoba, pleaded guilty and were both fined $1,800 for catching and retaining fish during a closed time, and $200 for fishing without a license.
Curtis Maxwell and Wendy Maxwell of Stony Mountain, Manitoba, pleaded guilty and were both fined $200 for fishing without a license. In addition, Curtis Maxwell pleaded guilty and was fined $400 for angling for fish during a closed time.
Michael Wasnie of Selkirk, Manitoba, pleaded guilty and was fined $400 for angling during a closed time.
The Ontario government wants to remind anglers that fishing regulations are in place to maintain sustainable fisheries for future generations to enjoy.