OSP fish and wildlife troopers: Beware of snagging


June 14, 2023

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Damaged fins, embedded hooks and gouges indicate snagging or intentionally hooking a fish someplace other than the mouth. Signs of the illegal technique are visible on salmon and steelhead as they reenter the hatchery system for spawning.

Oregon State Police fish and wildlife troopers have discovered fish with embedded hooks, sliced fins, circular scabs, and other evidence of illegal tactics, while assisting ODFW hatchery staff during the spring salmon spawning season.

Snagging occurs when a person hooks, or attempts to hook, a fish anywhere on its body other than inside the mouth. Although snagging is an unlawful practice with steep consequences, many people still engage in this unethical behavior, according to OSP F&W Trooper Cameron Jamison.

"Indicators that a person may be attempting to snag fish include quickly and r...

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