Paddlefish season

Activity starts May 1 at the confluence of Missouri and Yellowstone rivers

Paddlefish is the only species of fish with an in-season closure in North Dakota. That's why many people get out as soon as the snagging season begins May 1 in the area around the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in northwest North Dakota. The season lasts only until pre-determined harvest limits are reached, which in 2017 was the second week of May.

These ancient fish can live to be more than 60 years old and many exceed 100 pounds. The largest paddlefish ever taken in Noreth Dakota was a 130-pounder caught by 16-year-old Alex Mergen in 2010. Mergen fought his 74-inch paddlefish for 10 minutes before getting it to shore.

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