A Thunder Bay man has been fined $1,150 for catching and keeping too many fish.

Jacob Prenger pleaded guilty to catching and retaining an over limit of yellow perch in Fisheries Management Zone 9.

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The court heard that on February 24, 2013, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer conducting angler inspections on Black Bay, Lake Superior, came in contact with Prenger who was fishing on the bay.

Prenger had 48 yellow perch in his possession, 23 more than the legal limit. Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Thunder Bay, on April 3, 2013.

Reduced angling quotas introduced in 2008 have allowed the yellow perch fishery in Black Bay to begin recovering from a serious population decline. The public is reminded to check current fishing regulations before heading out.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2013 Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers and at ontario.ca/fishing.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).