MNR NEWS Release – Angler Fined
A Toronto man has been fined $300 for keeping an undersized muskellunge (muskie) he caught in the Trent River.
Tie Jun Pan pleaded guilty to catching and keeping a fish of a prohibited size, contrary to the Ontario Fishery Regulations.
The court heard that on June 28, 2011, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer checked Pan while he was fishing the Trent River in the Municipality of Trent Hills. Pan told the officer that he had caught a pike and produced the fish for inspection. The officer identified the fish as a muskellunge. Anglers may only keep muskellunges they catch if the fish are more than 112 cm (44 inches) long. The officer measured the fish and found it to be only 83 cm (32 3/4 inches) long. The officer was able to revive the fish and return it to the river.
Justice of the Peace Joni Glover heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Campbellford, on August 25, 2011.
For further information about Ontario fishing regulations, please consult the 2011 Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers and at ontario.ca/fishing.
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