MNR News! Over Fishing Proves Costly With $2,800 Fines

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Now. Here's a rule of thumb for you County fisherpeople. If! And only if. You catch a fish this size or bigger? You may keeo it! Now if it's smaller than this tadpole? You must not take them home! Capiche? Merci beaucoup! Photo by Pat Stapleton.!

Take your limit and leave the rest – catch and release

From MNR Haliburton – MindenĀ 

Four individuals have been fined a total of $2,800 for illegal fishing on a lake trout lake in Havelock Township.

Daniel G. Mahoney, of Peterborough, pleaded guilty to possessing more than the daily catch and possession limits of his sport fishing licence, failing to keep fish in a manner that allows size to be readily measured and transporting fish unlawfully taken. He was fined $1,000.

Derek Mahoney, also of Peterborough, pleaded guilty to possessing more than the daily catch and possession limits of his sport fishing licence and failing to keep fish in a manner that allows size to be readily measured. He was fined $700.

Daniel McWilliams, of Cavan, pleaded guilty to possessing more than the daily catch and possession limits of his conservation fishing licence, failing to keep fish in a manner that allows size to be readily measured and fishing without having his licence with him. His fines totalled $800.

Robert Thompson, of Kitchener, pleaded guilty to failing to keep fish in a manner that allows size to be readily measured and was fined $300.

Court heard that on June 18, 2011, during a routine patrol, conservation officers from the Minden area observed Daniel Mahoney, Daniel McWilliams, Derek Mahoney and Robert Thompson angling on Havelock Lake in Haliburton County. When the group was checked as they came to shore, they were in possession of nine lake trout, all cut in a manner that did not allow the size to be readily measured. It was also determined the group had eaten three additional lake trout at a shore lunch earlier that day for a total of twelve lake trout retained by the four men.

Six lake trout carcasses were retrieved from the bottom of the lake where the group claimed to have had their shore lunch. Five of the six were able to be measured and were within the restricted slot size of 40 to 55 centimetres.

Havelock Lake is one of several natural lake trout lakes in Haliburton County that have special regulations to protect the unique Haliburton strain of lake trout. The regulated slot size that requires fish within a certain size range to be immediately released also requires fish caught on lakes with a slot size to be left whole to allow the size to be accurately measured. A sport fishing licence allows an angler to catch and possess two lake trout on Havelock Lake, while a conservation licence allows an angler to have one lake trout.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]