June 4, 2018 - A Quebec resident has been fined a total of $5,000 for fishing-related
Van Lao Nguyen of Montreal pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for fishing without
a licence, $1,000 for possessing a spear within 30 metres of the water’s edge, and
$1,000 for using an artificial light to attract fish. His fishing gear was permanently
forfeited and he is prohibited from fishing for five years.
Court heard that on August 17, 2017, conservation officers contacted Nguyen, who
was night fishing using a spot light from an inflatable motorized boat. Officers
followed Nguyen to the boat ramp at Erieau Marina. During a subsequent inspection,
it was determined that Nguyen did not have an Ontario Outdoors Card or fishing licence.
Upon further inspection of Nguyen’s van, officers discovered three plastic coolers
containing 33 largemouth bass, 41 crappie, and 10 panfish.
Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Chatham, on May 24, 2018.
For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Ontario Fishing
Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing.
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