WINNIPEG - Four Manitoba men have been fined a total of $5,000 after organizing a walleye fishing derby on an Ontario lake where walleye fishing is banned year-round.
Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources says St. Jean Baptiste, Man., resident Rheal Vermette organized a small fishing derby for the group on Shoal Lake Aug. 12-13, with a prize for the biggest walleye. Walleye fishing is banned year-round on the lake due to a sensitive fish population.
The boat and fishing equipment seized from the men will be returned once the fines are paid, the ministry said in a release.
All four men were fined $500 for fishing walleye on the lake at all. They pleaded guilty to the charges in a Kenora, Ont., courtroom Dec. 20.
Vermette and Garry Chaput of St. Jean Baptiste got dinged another $1,000 each for keeping two walleye.
Donald Hildebrandt of Morris has an extra $500 fine for keeping one walleye. St. Pierre Jolys resident Nikolas Tessier also got an additional fine for abandoning a trophy-sized pike and allowing its flesh to waste.