THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 28, 2010 --- Three Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,350 for having more than the legal limit of northern pike.
Scott King and John Young of Constantine and Russell Reiff of Three Rivers, Michigan were found guilty and fined $450 each. The fish were forfeited to the Crown and donated to a charity.
The court heard that on August 19, 2010, the three men were checked by a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer. The men had been fishing in the Goldfield Road area, southwest of Geraldton. They had 27 northern pike with them – nine more than the legal limit.
Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Geraldton on January 25, 2011.
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 for that species. Possession includes storing fish at home or at other locations, fresh or in a freezer. It also includes transporting fish, holding them in live wells, or having eaten them as part of a day’s meal.
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).