Did you know there’s actually a legal kokanee salmon snagging season in some parts of New Mexico…I know, I know: kokanee are non-native and annually planted, but there’s just something about the words “snagging” and “salmon,” that when used in combination make me bristle.
But apparently fishery biologists there say it’s okay, so who am I to judge? Not my cup of tea, though! Especially when you consider how red and mushy those kokes tend to be during the Oct. 1-Dec. 31 spawning season.
While I haven’t fished for kokanee in New Mexico, I can say that in the times when I have encountered them in spawning mode they were actually pretty snappy and bit lures well, so I’m not sure why they have to be snagged…but maybe they don’t bite well there.
You can read the story and see pix here: www.daily-times.com