$2,800 Fine for Taking Undersized Lake Nipissing Walleye

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A North Bay man has been fined $2,800 for possessing undersized walleye from Lake Nipissing.

Mitchell Busch pleaded guilty to illegally catching and retaining nine undersized walleye.

Court heard that on January 31, 2016, Busch was ice fishing on Lake Nipissing near Deep Water Point, when conservation officers contacted him. Upon inspection, officers found nine undersized walleye hidden in Busch’s packsack. The fish were seized by the officers and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Michael Kitlar heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on April 20, 2016.

On Lake Nipissing, there is a minimum size limit for walleye for recreational anglers with a zero possession limit of walleye less than 46 cm (18 inches) in length.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing.

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).