MNR Media Release
A Renfrew man has been fined $4,000 and prohibited from fishing activity for two years.
Lee Wilkes pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a spear, fishing at night and possessing an over limit of fish. The fish and all the equipment used by Wilkes in relation to these charges were forfeited to the Crown. Charges for a second person are still before the court.
Court heard that on April 8, 2010, Lee Wilkes and a second person went to Moira Lake in the Municipality of Centre Hastings to fish. When they were stopped by conservation officers, Wilkes was found to be in possession of 25 walleye and two bass. The open season for both species started later in the year.
Justice of the Peace Ernie Parsons heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, on July 20, 2010.
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