Know the Fishing Limits – Save Yourself from Fines


CrimebeatDRYDEN – Once again a case of having too many fish means a Fisher gets huge fine. An American man has been fined for having more than the daily limit of fish. Chris Lind of Fargo, North Dakota, pleaded guilty under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and was fined $1,350 for having nine walleye over the daily limit.

The court heard that on July 9, 2011, Lind told United States Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rainy River-Baudette International crossing that he had six walleye that had been caught in Sabaskong Bay on Lake of the Woods near Nestor Falls. On inspection, the officers found 11 frozen, filleted and packaged walleye. Lind’s fishing licence entitled him to a daily catch and possession limit of two walleye. The nine over-limit fish were seized. A Ministry of Natural Resources
conservation officer interviewed Lind after being alerted by American customs officers.

Justice of the Peace Pat Daub heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on August 23, 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 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.

For more information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2011 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

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