June 4, 2018– Two North Bay area residents have been fined a total of $2,800 for catching and retaining Lake Nipissing walleye of prohibited size.

Kenneth Callahan of Jocko Point and Melissa Collins of Redbridge pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,400 for possessing a shared total of seven undersized walleye.

Court heard that on January 29, 2017, conservation officers were on patrol near the Goose Islands on Lake Nipissing. While working a plain clothes operation, officers observed Callahan and Collins catching and retaining undersized walleye. Upon contact, officers observed

Collins shoving the fish down the ice fishing hole inside their portable hut in an attempt to cover up the offence. The walleye were forfeited to the Crown and donated to charity.

Justice of the Peace James Bubba heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on May 16, 2018.
The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal to catch and possess any walleye from Lake Nipissing that are less than 46 centimetres (18.1 inches) in length.

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

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