By Chris Clegg
Two Edmonton men have been handed fines totaling $22,000 and 14 years of fishing suspensions for poaching walleye from Lesser Slave Lake.
On June 1, 2013, Fish and Wildlife Officers observed Keith Daly and Richard Daly catching and keeping fish that appeared to be walleye. When officers stopped their boat, the men claimed they had only kept two walleye, but a subsequent search revealed six more walleye in a hidden compartment.
Both men were arrested and charged for exceeding the possession limit, and the fish, boat, and its contents were seized by officers.
Also, after getting consent to search the Dalys� cabin, officers recovered fillets from additional walleye.
A person can only have one walleye in their possession from Lesser Slave Lake from May 15 to Oct. 31.
The next day, Keith and Richard Daly caught two walleye, which they took back to their cabin using a different boat.
They then went back on the lake and caught another two walleye, but they continued to fish and compared any new walleye to the ones they had already retained, occasionally switching the fish.
Officers stopped the pair�s boat, arrested them again, and seized the fish, boat, and its contents. More....