As you are well aware, there are fish laws in Ontario. The law that applies to fish is “you get caught – you could get eaten”. The law that applies to you as a fisherman is complex and concerns sizes and limits. I will not expound on the details but suffice it to say that if you have too many fish, or you otherwise abuse our natural resource, there are consequences. The hunter/gatherer instinct must be over come with a little common sense and sportsmanship.
Think back to when you would steal Christmas baking from your mom’s freezer in November. You didn’t always get caught but when you were it was not a pleasant experience. Mom just happened to show up at times when your mouth was full and your indiscretion was impossible to explain away. Our game wardens work under the same principle. They don’t constantly look over your shoulder, nor always announce their arrival but if they catch you with your creel too full, so to speak, the consequences are not pleasant.
My best advise, don’t break our fish laws, enjoy the resource, especially the shore lunches and remember any fish you eat at lunch count in your limit for the day. I need not remind you I’m sure, but don’t kill those fish you are not going to eat. Come to our area to experience the abundance of our fisheries and resources – but don’t abuse the privilege. The onus is on you to know the limits and obey them. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is no defense. There is no place on earth like the lake you maybe heading to at Ignace Outposts. Let’s keep it that way, eh!
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