FWP News: Paddlefish Season Is Just About Here!
By angelamontana

Posted: May 13, 2024
We are quickly approaching the (yellow tag) paddlefish season here in eastern Montana. Below you will find some helpful information to assist anglers in preparing for the season.
• Season Dates: May 15-June 30 (unless the season is closed early due to the 1,000 fish harvest target. If such closure takes place, a notice will go out and will be posted here.)
• Designated Catch & Release Days:
o Sunday, Monday, & Thursday – at Intake FAS ONLY!
o All other yellow tag areas are CLOSED to paddlefish angling on Catch & Release days.
• Designated Harvest Days:
o Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in all yellow tag areas.
• Harvest Cards: You should have received a harvest card when you purchased your paddlefish tag. These are not something that has to be turned in – it is simply meant to help you capture the data that you’ll be asked for when you report your harvested fish (see reporting option below).
• Mandatory Harvest Reporting: This must be done within 48 hours of harvesting a fish. Reporting options include:
o Onsite at the Intake FAS check station
o Remote self-reporting stations: Located at Sidney Bridge, Powder River Depot and the Tongue/Yellowstone River confluence near Miles City.
*These stations allow anglers to weigh harvested paddlefish and submit biological harvest data and jaw sections for aging.
o Phone hotline: 406-444-0356 or 1-877-FWP-WILD
o Online at myfwp.mt.gov
• Paddlefish Cleaning Services: A cleaning service will be available at Intake FAS from May 15-June 15 on harvest days only.
Harvest updates: We will do our best to post periodic updates here, or you can call the Region 7 office during business hours at (406) 234-0900. Please note that we do not have real-time updates – this information comes from our (very busy) staff as they are able to get it to us, but is not always on a routine basis.
We look forward to having a fun and successful season! If at any time you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Region 7 office!
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