Three Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,350 for having more than the legal limit of northern pike.
Scott King and John Young of Constantine, along with Russell Reiff of Three Rivers, were found guilty and fined $450 each.
The fish were forfeited to the Crown and donated to a charity.
Court heard that on Aug. 19, the three men were checked by a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.
The men had been fishing in the Goldfield Road area, southwest of Geraldton, and they had 27 northern pike with them—nine more than the legal limit.
Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio heard the case Jan. 25 in Geraldton.
The ministry reminds anglers that it is illegal to catch and keep large quantities of fish. An individual may not have more fish than the possession limit for that species.
Possession includes storing fish at home or at other locations, fresh or in a freezer.
It also includes transporting fish, holding them in live wells, or having eaten them as part of a day’s meal.
To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).