A 74-year-old Timmins-area man has been slapped with more than $10,000 in fines after he was caught with an illegal load of walleye while passing through the outskirts of Thunder Bay last summer.

Thunder Bay city police said last week that when an officer patrolling Dawson Road encountered South Porcupine resident Clinton Catlin on July 15, he was found to have 37 fish over his allowable limit stored in a cooler.

Police said Catlin, who had been fishing in the Sioux Lookout area, had been stopped for speeding. The fish were frozen, but investigators were able to count them once they’d been thawed, police said.

The case was jointly investigated by police and provincial conservation officers.

In addition to the fines, Catlin was banned from fishing in Ontario for five years. Catlin was convicted Wednesday in Thunder Bay court, a Thunder Bay Police Service news release said.

Also last week, a separate provincial news release highlighted the case of a Chicago-area man, who was fined $3,000 for possessing 10 walleye over the limit during a fishing trip near Nipigon.

Investigators said conservation officers encountered Marengo resident Daniel Weck on June 23, 2023 at a tourist cabin in the area of the 801 Road north-east of Beardmore.

The fish had been filleted in a way that made them difficult to identify them, a provincial news release said. Under provincial regulations, anglers are required to keep some skin on their catches so they can be identified during inspections.

Weck possessed 16 fish in total, all of which was forfeited to the Crown, the news release said.

In addition to the fine, Weck was banned from fishing in Canada for three years, the release said. Marengo is located about 100 kilometres north-west of Chicago.

Weck pleaded guilty to the offence last fall in Thunder Bay court.

Suspected wildlife violations can be reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s dedicated tips line: 1-877-847-7667.

By Carl Clutchey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jan 16, 2024 at 11:00

This item reprinted with permission from   The Chronicle-Journal   Thunder Bay, Ontario

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