The man noticed the NRO presence and walked down to the river bank where he was seen talking with another man. The second man brought a pail to a depression in the shoreline that was holding water and placed 8 fish in it. The man threw an additional 7 fish back into the river. Both men then began walking up towards their vehicle, where Officers met them as they were placing their catch in the back of the car.
The men were asked by the Officer if they had any more fish in their possession, to which they replied that they did not. An inspection of the car's trunk yielded 21 sauger in addition to the 8 the men had in the pail. While the men were being processed by one Officer, the second Officer walked throughout the park where the man had been seen walking earlier. Three grocery bags containing a total of 24 sauger were found in various places throughout the park, including a bag that was concealed in a pile of leaves in front of the accused's car. However, based on their observations, NROs could not prove that the additional fish belonged to the men they were dealing with.
Both men were assessed fines of $727.00 for a total of $1,454.00 - all fish were forfeited to the Crown and were donated to a local charity.