Is this a snagging rig?


Well-known member
What the heck? This was found embedded into the rump, of a mallard. Which was taken into the good folks at, the Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis. They were able to remove the hook(s). And the duck is recovering.

Snagging hook.jpg

My question: was this used to snag Salmon? Or for some other similarly nefarious purpose?

Big Nigiri

New member
We used to use those in NY for snagging salmon during the Lake Ontario run. It was perfectly legal 25 years ago, not so much now. Years later I would use those hooks as my "bird dog". I didn't have a bird dog, so I would take a fishing pole with me while duck hunting. Shoot a duck that was a little too far out, cast and snag for a "soft mouth" retrieve. LOL. They use grappling hook sized snag hooks to snag paddle fish in the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers of Montana for a catch and release fishery, it's wild!!!