The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 73 charges and issued 89 warnings during
sport fisheries enforcement patrols this summer on area waterways.
Conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit checked 935 resident anglers
and 290 non-resident anglers within the Essex County and Chatham-Kent waters of
Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. Overall compliance
with Ontario's sport fishing and public safety-related laws was 87 per cent.
Charges and warnings were issued for the following offences:
- over the limits of walleye and smallmouth bass
- transporting illegally caught fish
- skinning fish so species could not be readily identified
- fishing without a licence
- failing to carry a fishing licence on person
- angling with more than the permitted number of lines
- liquor-related violations
- littering on public waters
Some investigations are ongoing and additional charges are pending. Fishing equipment
and fish were also seized during the enforcement activities.
For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the
2013 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.