Ontario Angler Fined for Walleye Overfishing

February 9, 2024
The Ontario government is safeguarding walleye fisheries by ensuring fishing rules and limits are followed to maintain sustainable fisheries for future generations to enjoy.

Roger St-John of South Woodslee pleaded guilty to catching an over-limit of walleye and fishing with two extra fishing lines. He was fined $1,700 and 14 seized walleye were forfeited to the Crown. The seized walleye were donated to a member of the public.

The court heard that on July 16, 2023, conservation officers were conducting a marine patrol on Lake Erie in the Leamington area and stopped St-John in his boat fishing for walleye with four fishing lines. The limit for fishing lines allowed when fishing from a boat on Lake Erie is two per person. The officers inspected the boat and located 14 walleye in the boat’s live well – eight walleye over his sport fishing licence quota of six fish.

Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Windsor, on November 6, 2023.

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