N.M. salmon snagging to start Nov. 8 at Heron Lake

CHAMA, N.M. (AP) - The state Game and Fish Department says fishermen can start snagging for kokanee salmon Friday at Heron Lake in northern New Mexico.

The snagging season will continue through the end of the year.

The landlocked salmon spawn in the fall and then slowly die. The department says snagging allows anglers to harvest salmon that otherwise would go to waste.

There's a daily limit of 12 fish.

Before snagging is allowed, the department harvests eggs from spawning fish. The eggs are for raising salmon that will be stocked in the state's lakes.

Snagging for salmon already is underway at several locations in New Mexico, including Abiquiu Lake, El Vado Lake, Navajo Lake and Eagle Nest Lake.

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