It's not Canadian authorities you need to worry about, although they may come by to ask a few questions. It's the US authorities you need to think about upon returning to the US. On the news when Tom Ridge was in Port Huron a few weeks ago, they said they used to have 11 officers patrolling the St.Clair River, now they have 40. Although they say you need an I-68 form to return to US soil, I have yet to hear of any problems faced by fishermen. They seemed to have left us alone.
I got the I-68 last year and never had to use it. If you don't have one your supposed to call in to customs when you return to U.S. waters. It was pain to get but I'm glad I had it and will get it again.
Can anyone please tell me how to get a I-68 form, I went with out one last year, and every time border patroll or DNR went by, i got a not in my stomach,, I hate having that feeling.... I would like to get one, even though alot of people consider them unnecesary. Ya never know, all it takes is one agent to have a fight with his wife and BAM he is in a bad mood,, and in the mood to bug ya ,,,,,
I spoke to the head of the Wayne County sherriff's marine patrol a couple of weeks ago at a fishing show and asked him point blank about whether it was worthwhile to renew my I-68. He told me it was not.
Ripping, we got ours from the Customs office at the Ambassador Bridge, in the building right next to where they stop cars coming back from Canada. Make sure to bring two passport-sized photos with you if you get it.
What concerns me more than the I-68 was rumors I heard last year that Canadian authorities were ticketing fisherman for using US-bought minnows while fishing on the Canadian side of the border. Can anyone confirm those rumors?