The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says that their recent enforcement blitz found that most anglers were complying with Ontario’s fishing regulations.

The blitz took place on the Trans-Canada at the Manitoba border, on August 24. Conservation officers with the MNRF were checking for compliance with fishery and invasive species regulations, with a special focus on the movement of aquatic invasive species and bait.

Conservation officers checked roughly 80 vehicles from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Minnesota during the five-hour operation. Officers issued three charges, all for the offence of bringing live bait into Ontario.

Additional charges are pending under the Fisheries Act, including:

- Bringing live leeches into Ontario for bait,
- Making a false or misleading statement to a fisheries officer,
- Obstructing a fisheries officer.

There is an additional charge that is pending under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The MNRF notes that conservation officers also used the enforcement blitz to help educate anglers and the public about fishing regulations in the province.

To report a natural resources violation, you can call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, contact your local ministry office, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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