Montana River Monsters – Paddlefish Season this 4th of July!
By Kelsey

Posted: June 22, 2012


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We came across some Paddlefish action on the Yellowstone River and thought you would enjoy it! Watch the slideshow video above!

What is a Paddlefish?

  • The fish is a ancient plankton eating fish with a big paddle for a nose sometimes referred to as Spoonbill.
  • Most species are now extinct yet fossil paddlefish from 60 million years ago have been found in the near Fort Peck Reservoir in the Missouri river basin.
  • Montana is home to one of the few remaining self-sustaining populations of paddlefish.
  •  Specimens have been taken weighing up to 150 pounds!
  • CLICK HERE to get even more in depth information about paddle fish from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Plan on getting your River Monster this 4th of July!
  •  In the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts area downstream from Fort Peck Dam, a special archery season for paddlefish will be open from July 1 through Aug. 31. 
  • A blue paddlefish tag is required for this location.
What you must do before fishing for Paddlefish:
  •  All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2012 paddlefish regulations and read the specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.  
  • CLICK HERE. to go straight to the “paddlefish regulations” page.
Go get em’ and good luck!