A number of anglers in Muskoka and Parry Sound have been charged and warned. The MNR laid 11 charges and issued 10 warnings during an aerial enforcement patrol in the two districts in February that targeted remote trout lakes. Officers flew over 57 lakes that have special restrictions in place to protect sensitive brook trout and lake trout populations.

Of the 30 resident anglers checked, 21 were found to be in violation of current legislation. Charges included possessing live baitfish for use as bait angling with more than the permitted number of lines, failing to maintain a clear view of a line used for fishing and depositing into a body of water, without a licence, live fish that were caught somewhere else. In addition, the MNR’s canine unit sniffed out lake trout that was hidden in the snow by anglers.