• Moore Boats

By Louie Stout

If you’re planning to fish Lake Erie, Detroit River or any waters that the U.S. and Canada share, make sure you stay in U.S. waters.

Otherwise, it will cost you big time.

Canadian border agents and marine patrols are cracking down on Americans who wander into Canadian waters for violating the Canadian Quarantine Act, Customs Act and the Reopening Ontario Act.

We’ve heard of anglers receiving stiff fines. For instance, a story published in a Windsor online newspaper noted that 10 people fishing the Detroit River on four charter boats were fined $8,800 for venturing into Canadian waters.

The border isn’t clearly marked so anglers would be wise to stay close to U.S. shores.