Most anglers following the rules

A fish and game check of 319 people on Highway 72, south of Sioux Lookout, found 97 percent of anglers abided by the rules of fishing.
The July 23 blitz was carried out by Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Sioux Lookout and Dryden, as well as the Sioux Lookout OPP.
Of those checked, only 15 were area residents.
Four charges were issued for possessing fish skinned so that species couldn’t readily be identified while seven warnings were given for improperly-packaged fish.
Police also charged one person with failing to wear a seatbelt and warned several others about speeding.
Anglers are reminded that filleted fish being transported must be packaged so conservation officers can check species, numbers, and size. That means one fish per package, preferably in clear wrap, laid out flat with a large piece of skin left attached to the fillet.
Easily accessible coolers also will cut the time needed for a check.
Anglers should check the 2005-06 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for complete information.
The summary is available at MNR district offices, at licence issuers, and on the ministry’s website.
The public is asked to help protect Ontario’s natural resources by reporting violations to their local MNR office or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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