Angler fined

A Minnesota man has been fined $1,250 after pleading guilty to possessing and transporting an over-limit of walleye.
Dean L. Torgersen, 49, of Duluth was fined $1,000 for the walleye over-limit and $250 for transporting fish unlawfully taken.
The fish were forfeited to the Crown. Torgersen’s fishing rods, depth sounder, and other fishing gear will be returned when he has paid the fine.
On Feb. 19, 2008, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer from Thunder Bay District stopped two men on snowmobiles on the Sag Road near Saganagons Lake, just outside of Quetico Provincial Park.
When the men told the officer they had been fishing, he asked to check their fish and discovered Torgersen had four walleye over 46 cm in length.
Under the regulations in the area where he was fishing, Torgersen was allowed a daily catch limit of two walleye, of which one could be greater than 46 cm.
In related news, an Upsala commercial baitfish harvester has been fined $1,000 for trapping baitfish in another harvester’s licence area.
Jeffrey E. Prochnicki, 41, pleaded guilty.
On May 15, 2007, a baitfish harvester and a person helping him discovered 30 baitfish traps set in a lake about 100 km northwest of Thunder Bay.
They encountered Prochnicki, who was licensed to harvest an adjacent baitfish area, as he arrived to empty his illegal traps.
Justice of the Peace John Guthrie heard both cases April 2 in Thunder Bay.
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