Every fall, anglers congregate around lakes in northern New Mexico in hopes of snagging a few 4-year-old kokanee, which form giant schools, spawn and then die.
Snagging is a technique for harvesting the soon-to-die salmon. The bag limit is 12 salmon per day and 24 in possession. Snagging season is Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 for Abiquiu Lake , the Chama River from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama wildlife and fishing area, El Vado Lake, Navajo Lake and Eagle Nest Lake .
The 2007-2008 New Mexico Fishing Rules and Information Booklet lists two dates as the start of the snagging season at Heron Lake , Willow Creek and the Pine River . The correct season opening date is Friday, Nov. 9.
For more information about this or any other Department-related matter, please contact the Department of Game and Fish at (505) 222-4700.