Wildlife troopers issue Juneau snagging citations

Alaska Wildlife Troopers have been cracking down on illegal angling at a popular Juneau fishing spot.

The Juneau Empire reports troopers issued nine citations last week to people snagging salmon from a dock near the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

The hatchery is near Lemon Creek between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley.

Troopers say they had been receiving reports of people using weighted treble hooks to snag fish. Snagging is banned within 150 feet of the fishing dock.

Troopers say they’ve also taken complaints of people fishing at night in the spillway below the hatchery, which is closed to all fishing.

The citations ranged from $110 to $150. Troopers seized fishing poles in some cases and one headlamp used to spot salmon.