Paddlefishing Opens May 1

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Who is going? Best of luck to you all. I won't make it out paddlefishing this year, so I'll have to live vicariously thru you all.
 


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Kind of a been there done that sort of thing for me, it was fun though. Water levels are low, but there should be some solid numbers in there. The areas around Williston I would guess will be hot. Yellowstone has only started to rise enough that it is noticeable. A little more rise and things will get hot up here in a hurry. I was out yesterday morning and did catch a glimpse of a few so maybe they have gotten a little further than expected by now. I have no daycare for the next week so I might be stuck in the house but if any of you guys are in the area I might get a chance to stop by and say howdy. Good Luck, be safe, and leave things the way you found them.
 

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And on a side note, those that have not been to williston lately, still road construction south at the bridge if you going to the pumphouse, so be patient driving, you'll get to your destination, give yourself plenty of time.They have cones making one lane from the light at the 4 mile corner all the way up Indian Hill.
 
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Just got back for there and the board says 575 with a bunch left to be cleaned.
 


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I went for the first time in about eight years. Got some sore ribs and a sunburn. No fish.
 

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced today that the state’s 2015 regular paddlefish snagging season will close at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Monday, May 11, to protect the population level of the fish. Snaggers are reminded that Monday is a snag-and-release only day.
The 2014-16 fishing proclamation allows for the Game and Fish director to close the snagging season early if it appears more than 1,000 paddlefish will be harvested. In addition, according to Greg Power, Fisheries chief, a record high proportion of the 2015 paddlefish harvest has consisted of mostly females, further necessitating an early season closure.
An additional four-day snag-and-release season will begin Tuesday, May 12 and run through Friday, May 15. Paddlefish snaggers with an unused paddlefish tag can continue snagging during the additional snag-and-release season, but must release all fish immediately. Snaggers who already used their tag on a harvested paddlefish are not allowed to participate in the additional snag-and-release period. Snag-and-release is legal only in that area of the Missouri River starting on the north shore from the Confluence boat ramp then east (downstream) one-half mile, and that area of the Missouri River starting on the south shore from the Confluence with the Yellowstone River then east (downstream) one-half mile (both areas will have boundary signs). Paddlefish snagging is allowed only from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (CDT) during each day of the additional four-day season. The use or possession of a gaff on snag-and-release days is illegal.
- See more at:
http://dougleier.areavoices.com/#sthash.7YMshZEY.dpuf
 

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