PADDLEFISH HARVEST SEASON CLOSES THURSDAY ON THE UPPER MISSOURI
By Matt Schauer
Only one day remains to fish for paddlefish on a section of the Upper Missouri River, from Fort Benton to Fort Peck Dam.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in conjunction with the FWP Commission will close the 2012 paddlefish harvest season on the Upper Missouri River at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
The harvest closure means paddlefish can only be caught and released (on this section) for the remainder of the 2012 season. The catch-and-release season will remain open through June 15, 2012. Proof of purchase of a white paddlefish tag on the angler’s fishing license is required for catch-and-release fishing in this section. The legal hours for catch-and-release fishing for paddlefish are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The 2012 paddlefish harvest target for this population in the Upper Missouri River is 500 fish. As of May 9th, a total of 379 paddlefish had been harvested in the section. FWP has the authority to close the paddlefish harvest season within 24 hours if it appears the harvest target may be exceeded.