Four Greater Toronto Area men have been fined $3,200 for catching too many Lake Simcoe perch and fishing without a licence.

perchMuhammad Husain of Toronto and Habibur Mirza of Burlington pleaded guilty to catching an over-limit of yellow perch from Lake Simcoe and were each fined $800. Mohammed Nezamuddin and Abul Kalam Azad of Etobicoke pleaded guilty to fishing without a licence and were each fined $800. In addition, two fishing rods and a tackle box were permanently forfeited to the Crown.

The court heard that on April 21, 2013, a conservation officer contacted the four accused and determined they had 220 yellow perch in their possession. Husain had a sport fishing licence allowing him to keep 50 yellow perch and Mirza had a conservation fishing licence allowing him to keep 25 yellow perch. Nezamuddin and Azad were angling but neither had a valid fishing licence.

Justice of the Peace Dennis White heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Newmarket, on June 7, 2013.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2013 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, which is available 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).