Fishing the Bulkley River in Smithers. (Interior News archive photo)

Fishing the Bulkley River in Smithers. (Interior News archive photo)

Ontario man fined $1,000 for lying to obtain B.C. resident angler fishing licence

The man, caught fishing without a licence on the Bulkley last fall, pleaded guilty in Smithers court

An Ontario man has been fined $1,000 for making a false statement to obtain a B.C. Resident Angler fishing licence.

In a Facebook release Friday (March 4) night, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) said the man was caught fishing on the Bulkley River without a valid licence during an angling patrol last fall.

“A subsequent check of his angling licence history showed he had been purchasing B.C. resident angling licences for years despite not being a B.C. resident,” the COS statement said.

Last week, the man pleaded guilty in Smithers court to knowingly making a false statement to obtain a licence.

Conservation officers routinely patrol area rivers and lakes for all kinds of infractions of the province’s freshwater fishing regulations.

Currently, in addition to permanent regulations, there is a ban on bait fishing on the Skeena and its tributaries, including the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers effective until June 15.