Illinois Anglers Hit With $4,700 Fine In Canada

Walleye sketch by Joseph Tomelleri, Idaho Fish and Game.

Randy Welch, Paul Putrich, and John Patterson, all of Farmington, and John Maynard of Cuba pleaded guilty and were fined $800 each for possessing an over-limit of walleye. Welch, Putrich and Maynard were also fined $500 each for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Court heard that while on aerial fisheries patrol on June 23, 2010, officers contacted the group on Smoothrock Lake in Wabakimi Provincial Park, north of Thunder Bay. Each had four walleye - the legal daily catch and possession limit for their sportfishing licences. When officers asked each man if he had additional fish, only one indicated that four more fish were back at their camp. Upon inspection of the camp, officers found an additional 16 frozen, filleted and packaged walleye. A total of 32 walleye were seized from the group and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Thunder Bay, on October 13, 2010.

The ministry reminds anglers that it is illegal to catch and keep large quantities of fish. An individual may not have more fish than the possession limit of that species. Possession includes storing fish at home, at other locations or in freezers, as well as transporting them and holding them in live wells. In addition, a person cannot knowingly make a false or misleading statement to a conservation officer carrying out duties under the Fisheries Act.

For more information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary before heading out to fish. The summary is also available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers and on the ministry's website at

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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