A Bobcaygeon man is one of five Rice Lake anglers who have been fined a total of $5,000 for illegal fishing activities.

Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) officials say Donald Mowry of Bobcaygeon, Vincent Vanstone of Newcastle, John Rundle of Bowmanville, Gregory Topolie of Courtice and Cornelieus Koppens of Port Hope pleaded guilty in court on Jan. 28. The men were fined $1,000 each for catching and keeping over-sized walleye.

Court heard that conservation officers observed a group of anglers staying at a Rice Lake cabin from November 1 to 3, 2013. Officers stopped the men as they left and discovered they had caught and kept a number of walleye larger than the fishing regulations allowed.

mnrbadgeJustice of the Peace Jack LeBlanc heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Port Hope.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2014 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, 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).