I've been hearing nightmare stories of Canadian officials hammering NY fishermen locally. One Guy was walleye trolling and was fined $500 for having his worms in dirt plus $200for another bS infraction, another was heavily fined for littering after he could not produce a cap from his empty water bottle. These were fishermen who called in and had proper licenses. Have any of our Trollers been shaken down yet?
I had my license checked, but no problems.
U.S. Border Patrol stopped us for a few minutes last night as we came back into the U.S. side of the river. No big deal, nice guy. No fish to report.
Jim...Funny you mention that. In yesterday's Fishing Line by Will Elliott, he mentioned that "Ontario enforcement officials have increased patrol presence on the Great Lakes, in particular along the Upper Niagara River & open waters of lake Erie."
Then he went on to say that boats, and not only fishermen, have been stopped along border areas for safety inspections, presence of alcohol, absence of a Can-Pass report & others.
In particular, he goes on to mention the worms in the dirt issue and other bait fish. Bedding is OK, but not dirt.
the Canadian officials are also not issuing warnings for 1st time violators with uncertified bait. You get hit with a violation right away.
His article is in Wednesday's Buff news.
I heard from a very reliable source that a flare gun is a "firearm" in Ontario and you can be fined 2500 for having one aboard your vessel. Can anyone confirm that this is true? I do have a flare gun that I will be removing if it is so.
This is from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/faq/reg-enr-eng.htm#c10):
"Q. I always carry a flare gun in my boat/vehicle for emergencies. Do I need a licence and does it have to be registered?
Flare guns and other devices designed exclusively for signalling or notifying of distress, and intended to be used exclusively for that purpose by the person in possession of it, are not classified as firearms for purposes of the Firearms Act. A licence is not required to possess one, and it does not have to be registered. These devices are classified as firearms for purposes of the Criminal Code if they are used to commit a crime.
(Note: A few flare guns have been designed using the frame or receiver of a real handgun, and may require registration as such. The Canadian Firearms Program should be contacted for more information.)"
Of course, it doesn't hurt to double check with the RCMP (phone call?).
Larry...is that a "DWI" in Canada (only) or also a DWI in the U.S., too? I never had one but I'm just curious in case I'm taking someone else with me who might have had one in the U.S., but from what I can see happening, it's getting close to not worth the hassle of even going over anymore.