Fishing Camp Accused Of Resuming Illegal Activity

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 14:43



Testimony is being heard today in a case involving a Stanley Mission-area fishing camp accused of violating its outfitting licence.


Conservation officer Rob Senik took the stand this morning, speaking at length about a surveillance operation set up and executed by conservation officers in the summer of 2005 involving Sportsman’s Lodge.


Senik testified that the owner and manager of the camp knowingly exceeded the lodge’s angler day use allocation on Trout Lake.


He also supplied photos and documentation suggesting that Ruffo Schindler and Isaac Enns provided falsified and misleading records to Saskatchewan Environment.


This is not the first time Sportsman’s Lodge has been accused of illegal activity on Trout Lake. In 2001, the operation was fined $20,000 and suspended from fishing on Trout Lake for three years.


The outfitter is based on McIntosh Lake, but is allowed to take clients to Trout Lake on a limited basis.


The defence has now begun cross-examining the witness.


The trial is expected to last until Thursday.