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58 Pa. Code § 63.9. Snatch fishing, foul hooking and snag fishing.

§ 63.9. Snatch fishing, foul hooking and snag fishing.

 (a)  It is unlawful to take or attempt to take fish by the methods known as snatch fishing, foul hooking or snag fishing or to take or attempt to take fish with a snagging hook or device which may be used to capture the fish by engaging the device in, to, with, or around any part of the body of the fish. In addition, it is unlawful to possess a snagging hook while in the act of fishing. A snagging hook is a fishing device that is designed or modified to facilitate the snagging of fish. It is either of the following:

   (1)  A hook with other than a single barb which is weighted on the shank at any point below the eye of the hook and above the barbs thereof.

   (2)  A hook that is otherwise designed or modified so as to make the snagging of fish more likely when it is used than if a normal hook or fishing device were used.

 (b)  Nothing in subsection (a) may be construed to prohibit the use of long bow, crossbow, spear and gigs as provided in §  63.8 (relating to long bows, crossbows, spears and gigs) or other net or devices specifically authorized by law or this subpart.

 (c)  Nothing in this section prohibits the use of a device so long as the eye of the hook is no more than 2 inches below the device.


   The provisions of this §  63.9 amended under 30 Pa.C.S. §  2102(a).


   The provisions of this §  63.9 adopted January 23, 1981, effective January 24, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 422; reserved March 5, 1982, effective March 6, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 870; amended January 6, 1984, effective January 7, 1984, 14 Pa.B. 46; amended April 10, 2009, effective April 11, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 1859; amended September 16, 2022, effective September 17, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 5948. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (406272) to (406273).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  63.21 (relating to designation of fishing regulations).

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