Two North Bay anglers were fined a total of $6,000 in fishing offences.
Paul Barbe pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence and Kimberly-Anne Matton pleaded guilty to possessing too many walleye over her licence’s catch and possession limit. They were each fined $3,000 and are prohibited from fishing in Ontario for one year.
The court heard that on February 27 conservation officers inspected Barbe and Matton near the Manitou Islands on Lake Nipissing. The officers found the pair in possession of an over-limit of 17 walleye, hidden in clear plastic bags.
Paul also showed the officers an expired outdoors card and fishing licence. Both Matton and Barbe confessed to possessing the over-limit.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 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).