The Conservation Officer arrived to find a man who matched the reported description walking up to his vehicle. The man was carrying fishing equipment and a plastic pail that appeared to contain fish. The Conservation Officer inspected the contents of the pail and counted a total of 15 Sauger and 25 Goldeye. A cooler in the man’s vehicle contained an additional 15 Sauger and 19 Goldeye, for a total of 30 Sauger and 34 Goldeye. The possession limit for a licensed angler on the Red River is 4 Sauger and 10 Goldeye.
All fish were seized and the individual was served two offence notices for possessing more fish than the possession quota.
On November 6, 2015 the man plead guilty and was assessed a fine of $1,452.00. It should be noted that if a similar incident occurred today, with new penalties in place for the illegal taking of fish or wildlife a fisher would face an additional penalty of $2,100 based on $42 for each of the 26 sauger and 24 goldeye over the limit. These restitution fees will be directed toward wildlife management and conservation through the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund.
Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free).