Operator, guests fined

the MNR

A Minnesota-based tourist operator and several guests were fined a total of $4,000, and forfeited their equipment, after catching and keeping eight walleye over the limit.
Jason Just and Brian Spanovich, of Lakeville, Mn., Timothy Just, of Maplewood, Mn., and Matthew Harley of Lino Lakes, Mn. each were fined $500 and forfeited a large quantity of jigging rods, sonar units, and other fishing gear to the Crown.
Angle Inn Lodge owner Anthony Wandersee, of Oak Island, Mn., and a second individual under 18 years of age were fined $1,500 and $500, respectively, for being party to the offence.
A snowmobile used to transport the illegal fish also was forfeited to the Crown.
Court heard that on March 12, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers were working on the Ontario side of the Lake of the Woods near the Canada/U.S. border.
The officers saw a group of anglers catch and keep their limit of eight walleye.
Shortly after, a youth met the anglers and brought the walleye back by snowmobile to the Angle Inn Lodge on the U.S. side of the border.
The anglers then caught and kept eight more walleye.
The officers later determined the group was staying at the Angle Inn Lodge.
The resort owner had told the youth to collect the guests’ fish so they could catch and keep more walleye.
Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case May 4 in Kenora.