Hey, I agree with your assessment of the snagfest on the Gorge and on the state marina dikes of Bear Lake but you can catch spawn macks in the mouth legally. Snagging lake trout when they are most vulnerable is BS and regs and enforcement of the current regs should be enforced but they, unfortunately are not. But again, you can catch spawn lakers in the mouth when the presentation is correct.Improv said:Ah, yes… It's Snagfest 2007. Nothing like foul hooking a 30-pound Mac in the tail to make you feel like you just caught a new state record.
Personally, I think they should close the dikes on Bear Lake. I talked to the Bear Lake biologist and he wouldn't support it because he didn't think the snagging was a big problem. Like you and many others have said and I have personally seen, that is not the case. Big spoons with large trebles are used and it isn't for the purpose of catching them in the mouth. Linwood is just a bad with the snaggers there sitting over the spawning beds except they are "jigging" the big spoons with powerful vertical "rips" to snag them. It's pretty sad when people think that is acceptable.Improv said:I've fished the spawn the last two years (fly fishing) and the only thing I witnessed was a bunch of guys throwing huge ass lures with huge treble hooks purposely trying to snag lake trout in the "mouth area". Granted I was fishing Bear Lake Marina both times, so maybe it's different at other lakes.