Snagged

We spend enough time out on the rivers that we often come across evidence of poaching activity and sometimes even catch people in the act. The large treble-hook shown in this photo has been fitted with a heavy weight specifically for the purpose of snagging large game fish like salmon and sturgeon. The practice of snagging consists of flinging a large weighted hook across the river and violently jerking the hook back with the intent of snagging a fish in the back or tail. Although the practice of snagging is legal in some states, it is strictly prohibited in California and considered unethical by most in the fishing community. If you witness poaching taking place in California the violation can be reported by calling the Department of Fish and Game hotline (1-888-DFG-CALTIP).