Most anglers checked during a three-day enforcement blitz in the Aurora and Peterborough areas were in compliance with Ontario’s fishing regulations.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers and the ministry’s canine unit patrolled tributaries along the north shore of Lake Ontario April 24 to 26, 2015, checking for compliance with Ontario sport fishing regulations. Officers were paying special attention to pre-season angling and over-limits of rainbow trout.
The officers checked 810 individuals during the blitz and issued 42 charges for fish-and wildlife-related offences, including:
- pre-season angling for rainbow trout
- possessing more fish than permitted
- fishing without a licence
- trespassing to fish
- using a hook to catch fish in a part of the fish other than the mouth
Officers also issued 58 warnings and educated the public about proper fishing techniques.
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).