Alaska Wildlife Troopers are cracking down on illegal snagging in the Juneau area.
Troopers receive multiple reports daily of “snagging” activity by fishermen. Each day anglers can be seen casting lines into the Gastineau Channel waters and then ripping their hooks through schools of salmon in a movement designed to impale fish heading to spawn.
Sunday evening, troopers conducted a surveillance operation at the Wayside Fishing Dock near the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and DIPAC Fisheries after receiving multiple reports of people using weighted treble hooks to snag fish in areas closed to snagging. The fishermen were also interfering with other lawful fishing. Snagging is prohibited on and within 150 feet of the Channel Wayside fishing dock.
In a one-hour time period, three individuals received citations.
Juneau residents Anthony Manacio IV, 28, and Adams James, 48, were issued $110 bailable citations for attempting to snag salmon. Another 16-year-old boy was issued a $150 bailable citation for retaining two snagged salmon.
All three individuals were given 30 days to respond to the citations in Juneau District Court.