First issue we had: the reservoir is over four hours away. No problem...we just did some forward planning and woke up at four in the morning (not pleasant). With four kids (between ages 10-17), that was fun...but they made the most of it and it turned out to be the most gorgeous day.
Second issue: we do not fish. We didn't even own one fishing pole. This is where you can laugh hilariously at me! My husband and son are hunters, but there is not one fisherman in the family. So why even attempt this? Well, snagging is a different kind of fishing. You don't use a lure or a fly or bait. You use a snagging hook, which in technical terms is a weighted treble hook.
You basically are trying to "snag" them in their body and drag them in. Why allow this? Well, during spawning, the salmon aren't going to go for any lures, and once spawning is done (you've seen the shows), they die. So they allow snagging only on the salmon during this time period so that there isn't a horrendous amount of dead fish floating in the reservoir or the small little river and tributaries leading to the hatchery. So, in my mind, no true skill is really involved. Ahem, well, we had a few things to learn.
Issue number 3: I was thinking this would take no real skill. With six of us, we could all get our limits and bring home 60 salmon. Well, that didn't quite happen. First of all, we have very little fishing knowledge, so it took a while before we had our gear ready to go. My husband was the only one who knew how to tie the hooks onto the line. As we got going, almost everyone around us were catching things left and right, and we weren't getting anything. I would sit and watch to see what they were doing and learned some good things. We talked to some of the guys around us and they told us what to do. I felt like I had a groove going, but the day was almost done. This is probably the last good week of snagging because we caught some salmon that had already started their decay (yes, they are still alive...they have tell-tale signs like yellowish spots of missing scales and tails that are yellowish and partially missing). You can't eat those. Our grand total of fish: three! I don't feel horrible because some of these guys had tons of fish and were fishing all day, but by the time they were going home, they only took three. They were beautiful fish, though. We caught two males and one female.