MNR lays 67 violation charges for anglers

Fisheries Enforcement MNR– Overall Compliance was 90 Per Cent


The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 67 charges and issued 59 warnings during sport fisheries enforcement patrols this summer on area waterways.


Conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit checked 900 resident anglers and 400 non-resident anglers within the Essex County and Chatham-Kent waters of Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. Overall compliance with Ontario’s sport fishing and public safety-related laws was 90 per cent.


Charges and warnings were issued for the following offences:

  • catching over the limit of walleye
  • catching and possessing under size muskellunge
  • skinning fish so the species could not be identified
  • fishing without a licence
  • failing to carry a fishing licence while fishing
  • angling with more than the permitted number of lines
  • possessing live invasive gobies
  • transporting crayfish over land
  • liquor-related violations
  • operating a vessel without the proper safety equipment onboard.


Investigations are ongoing and additional charges are pending. Fishing equipment and fish were also seized.


For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2012 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers and at


To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry officer during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).