Q&A: How do you prove daily catch limits?

by Editorial Staff | May 20, 2015

Fishing possession limits - Photo by Ted McFaddenQUESTION:
Jack Branie of Barrie asks “In some FMZ’s, daily catch limits are less than the possession limits. How do you prove on a canoe on a lake that you weren’t there for an afternoon, but a couple of days?”

ANSWER
On remote waters where there are different daily and multi-day limits for fish, a conservation officer will ask basic questions about the angler’s fishing activities. Anglers should be prepared to describe in detail where they have been fishing and where they have been camped.

The officer will also rely on observations about the condition of the fish onhand, how the fish have been preserved, and whether the fish appear to have been freshly caught, or caught and held for different periods of time.

Mark Robbins
Provincial Enforcement Specialist
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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