Man fined for fish­ing bass out of sea­son on Che­mong Lake

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - EX­AM­INER STAFF

A Toronto man has been fined $800 for catch­ing large­mouth bass on Che­mong Lake dur­ing the closed sea­son, con­trary to the On­tario fish­ery reg­u­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry.

Atique Miah pleaded guilty to un­law­fully catch­ing and re­tain­ing large­mouth bass dur­ing the closed sea­son in a case heard by Jus­tice of the peace Joni Glover on Jan. 26 in On­tario Court of Jus­tice in Peter­bor­ough.

The court heard that on June 9, 2015, a Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer ob­served Miah fish­ing from shore on Che­mong Lake.

The of­fi­cer de­ter­mined that Miah had been catch­ing and plac­ing fish in an en­clo­sure con­structed of rocks along the shore­line that pre­vented the fish from es­cap­ing back into the lake, a re­lease from the min­istry states.

Miah was found to be keep­ing large­mouth bass within that en­clo­sure, along with sun­fish and crap­pie.

The sea­son for bass doesn’t open un­til the third Satur­day in June in Fish­eries Man­age­ment Zone 17 where Miah was fish­ing. The On­tario Fish­ing Reg­u­la­tions Sum­mary is avail­able at on­tario.ca/fish­ing .... Peo­ple can re­port a nat­u­ral re­sources vi­o­la­tion at the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry tips line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time, or at a lo­cal min­istry of­fice dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours or to Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 1-800222-8477.

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