The Ontario government is ensuring hunter safety while safeguarding walleye populations in remote locations, by ensuring anglers do not exceed their fish possession limits.

A group of six men from Eastern Ontario have been fined a total of $5,510 for hunting and fishing related offences.

Mathew Turner of Plainville, Robert Patrick of Roslin, Dennis Christie of Trenton and Keith Turk of Gananoque pleaded guilty to possession of fish over the legal limit and were each fined $835.

James Turner of Frankford pleaded guilty to possession of fish over the legal limit and failing to wear proper hunter orange while hunting. He was fined a total of $1,135.

George Sweanor of Trenton pleaded guilty to possession of fish over the legal limit and failing to carry his licence while hunting. He was fined a total of $1,035.

The court heard that on September 22, 2023, Cochrane conservation officers were conducting aerial enforcement north of Cochrane and landed for inspection at a fly-in moose camp on Natogami Lake. The officers found the group of six in possession of 47 walleye, 25 walleye over their legal limit. The overlimit of walleye was subsequently seized.

Justice of the Peace Jean-Marie Blier heard the case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice, Cochrane, on March 5, 2024.