BELLEVILLE - A Paris, Ont. man was caught catching and retaining fish in the Moira River in Belleville during the off season without a licence last month.
Michael J. Barnes pleaded guilty to charges under the Ontario Fishery regulations and therefore was fined $1,700, in addition to be ordered not to fish for two years.
The Ministry of Natural Resources stated James also forfeited his fishing rod and reel to the Crown.
Conservation officers saw Barnes on May 19 as he was angling in Belleville. He was then found in possession of a largemouth bass.
Further investigation revealed a second largemouth bass and a muskellunge had been caught by James in the same area the previous day.
“The fishing season for both species of fish was closed at that time,” stated the ministry.
Justice of the Peace Jack Chiang heard the case in Belleville court Tuesday.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.
You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
For further information on fishing regulations, consult the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary available online at www.ontario.ca/fishing .