$2,500 in Fines for Four Kawartha Lakes Ice Fishermen
Four Peterborough-area anglers have been fined a total of $2,500 for catching and keeping walleye during the closed season and other angling offences.
Eric Shaw and Jeremy Coppaway, both of Curve Lake, pleaded guilty to charges under the Ontario Fishery Regulations and were fined $500 each for catching and keeping walleye during the closed season. Shaw’s fishing rod was also forfeited to the Crown.
The court heard that conservation officers saw the men catch and keep a walleye on Pigeon Lake near Bobcaygeon on the evening of February 26.
In a separate case, Russel J. Davies-Smith pleaded guilty to charges of angling without a valid licence and angling walleye during the closed season. He was fined $1,000. Davies-Smith was checked by conservation officers on Buckhorn Lake on the evening of January
Justice of the Peace Jason Mariasine heard both cases in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough, on April 8, 2010.
Another Kawartha Lakes angler, Ross Jopling, pleaded guilty to catching and keeping one walleye during the closed season and was fined $500. Jopling was stopped by conservation officers who observed him angling on Lower Buckhorn Lake on February
Justice of the Peace John MacDonald heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on March 11, 2010.
New regulations in Fisheries Management Zone 17 allow winter fishing on the Kawartha Lakes for panfish species and northern pike only.
Walleye season remains closed in the zone until the second Saturday in May.
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