Local anglers are reminded to not fish out of season or in restricted areas. A local angler is facing a $1,200 fine for catching walleye in a closed season area.

Court heard that in August of 2017, conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conducted a fishing inspection on Shoal Lake, and determined that an angler caught and released walleye earlier in the day. The angler was warned about targeting walleye out of season.

The next month, conservation officers conducted a fisheries inspection on Shoal Lake, and observed the same angler in a boat. An inspection revealed that he had caught and released three walleye, then caught and retained one. The ministry says that Shoal Lake has a sensitive walleye population and is closed to walleye fishing year-round.

The angler was fined $1,200 for violations under the Ontario Fishery Regulations. The ministry reminds the public that species-specific closures are in place to protect the fishery. In addition, it is illegal to attempt to catch fish when their season is closed, even if the intent is to release them.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, contact your local ministry office, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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