Michigan Angler Fined For Buying Ontario Resident Fishing Licence

Ontario MNR NEWS

A United States resident has been fined $700 for illegally possessing an Ontario resident fishing licence.

 Timothy Lindberg, of Ferndale, Michigan, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing an Ontario resident fishing licence. In addition to receiving a $700 fine, Lindberg’s resident Outdoors Card and fishing licence were seized and cancelled.

The court heard that on October 1, 2012, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers were conducting a marine fisheries enforcement patrol in the Essex County waters of Lake Erie. The officers found Lindberg fishing from a Michigan-registered boat. When requested, the Michigan angler produced an Ontario resident fishing licence. An investigation revealed that Lindberg had been illegally purchasing resident fishing licences from 1993 to 2012, using his summer cottage address in the town of Amherstburg, Ontario, as his permanent address.

Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Windsor, on August 19, 2013.

 Anglers are reminded that to qualify for an Ontario resident fishing or hunting licence, you must have a primary residence in Ontario, and live in the province for at least six consecutive months of the 12 months prior to applying.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2013 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary available 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 of Natural Resources office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).