Snagging, also known as snag fishing, snatch fishing, or foul hooking, is a method of fishing that entails catching a fish using hooks without the fish having to take the bait with their mouth. This is achieved by pulling the fishing line out of the water very quickly as soon as any movement is felt on the line, with the intention of piercing the fish in the flesh with the hook. Weighted lures with multiple hooks are often used to increase chances of success.
Snagging, like other methods of fishing, is controlled by the wildlife regulating agency of each state. A list of the legality for each state follows.
|Alabama||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Alaska||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Arizona||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Arkansas||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Colorado||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Connecticut||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Delaware||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Hawaii||Legal but prohibited in certain areas.|
|Illinois||Legal for some species during certain seasons.|
|Iowa||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Kansas||Legal for Paddlefish.|
|Kentucky||Legal for some species.|
|Louisiana||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Maine||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Missouri||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Montana||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Nebraska||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Nevada||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|New Jersey||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|New Mexico||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|New York||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|North Dakota||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Ohio||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Oklahoma||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Oregon||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|South Carolina||Legal but prohibited in certain areas.|
|South Dakota||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|Tennessee||Prohibited with exceptions.|
|West Virginia||Permitted for certain species.|
- "Alabama Fishing Limits and General Regulations". Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Sport Fish Regulations". Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Fishing Glossary". Arizona Game and Fish Department. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Technique-Specific Fishing Regulations". Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations". California Department of Fish and Game Florida: New regulations will go into effect 9/1/13 regarding the snagging of tarpon. See: http://flylifemagazine.com/of-interest-dont-kid-yourself-its-a-snagging-device-by-design/. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Colorado Wildlife Regulations Ch 01". Colorado Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "DEP: Inland Sport Fishing Definitions". Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Gamefish and General Freshwater Fishing Restrictions". Delaware Division if Fish & Wildlife. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Fish and Wildlife Research Institute". Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Freshwater and Trout Fishing Methods". Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Fishing - Common Questions". Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "General Fishing Season Information". Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Unlawful Actions & Penalties Associated with Title 50 Chapter 13 Protection of Fish". South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Washington State 2010-2011 Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet". Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Retrieved 21 March 2011.