The England Under 21 midfielder was arrested outside a club in his home town of Stockton-on-Tees on Saturday night after going out drinking with friends.
Cattermole was handed an £80 fixed penalty fine for a public order offence, to the anger of Bruce. And when he returned to Wigan for training Cattermole, who had just been installed as skipper, was deducted a week's wages.
Bruce said: "We have dealt with it. It was not ideal and I think the boy has learned a lesson. I know very well the town where it happened and there are areas you stay away from.
"He's young, he was out with his mates. He knows he has let everyone down, he has been involved in a fracas in a nightclub.
"You've got to live your life, but you also must not let yourself get into those situations. He came out of the North-East because it's a goldfish bowl and he can't get into that position again.
"Lee will be lighter in the pocket for it. He might not be able to afford to go out for a beer next time."