Elk Point Man fined after caught with Walleye

Information & Photo: Fish & Wildlife Enforcement

Alberta Fish & Wildlife Enforcement recently took to social media to remind the public that it is unlawful to retain any walleye caught on the river Highway 22 to 39, downstream the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.

The enforcement agency referred to a case in which an Elk Point man received a $3,000 fine on June 15th. According to the Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Post:

“A walleye poaching case was recently seen through the courts in St. Paul. It started on May 16, when an officer conducting angler checks along the North Saskatchewan River came across a single vehicle parked at the Stoney Creek bridge, which is southwest of Elk Point. An angler was found to have six fresh walleye in the grass nearby.

On June 15, 2017, at St. Paul Provincial Court, Lyle Frisby was given a fine of $3,000 and a 12-month fishing licence suspension.

Like other parts of Canada, fishing is a popular pastime in Alberta. However, Alberta has less fish-bearing lakes and rivers than provinces like Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This results in greater pressure on our water bodies. For example, the North Saskatchewan River flows past a population of over one million people.

From Highway 22/39 downstream to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, it is unlawful to retain any walleye caught on the river. Abiding by this rule will help ensure the walleye population can recover.”