Fishing Out-of-Season COSTS Angler $1000 Fine

Angler fishing out of season received $1000 fine for fishing offensives.

An Aurora man has been fined $1,000 for catching and keeping muskellunge (muskie) and walleye out of season.

Yuping Gao pleaded guilty to catching and retaining fish during the closed season under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Court heard that on May 6, 2012, before the seasons for walleye or muskellunge were open in the area, a conservation officer observed Gao fishing at Mitchell Lake in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Upon inspection, the officer located one muskellunge and four walleye in a tub in the rear of Gao’s vehicle. Two of the walleye and the muskellunge were of a prohibited size to retain.

Justice of the Peace Jason Mariasine heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Lindsay, on October 5, 2012.

In Fisheries Management Zone 17, the walleye season is open from the second Saturday in May until November 15; the muskellunge (muskie) season is open from the first Saturday in June until December 15.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2012 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from 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).