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Paddlefish Snagging Season

2020 Season Information

(Last Updated - 05/04/2020)

A one-week paddlefish snag-and-release season will be open May 15-21 for anglers who hold a valid fishing license. However, if conditions warrant, Game and Fish may close the season with a 24-hour notice.

Game and Fish announced April 3 that the annual paddlefish snagging harvest season, which was scheduled to open May 1, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the agency held open the possibility of a snag-and-release season in mid-May.

Fisheries chief Greg Power said with the state transitioning to North Dakota Smart Restart, snaggers should have an opportunity to participate in a snag-and-release season.

“Past history has shown that considerably fewer snaggers will participate, but this one-week season provides an opportunity for the avid snaggers,” Power said.

As with all outdoor activities, Power said it is still important to follow physical distancing guidelines.

“We will have signs in place at popular snagging areas, but obviously a lot falls on the individual to be smart and considerate,” Power said.

Legal snagging hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time. Snagging is legal in the Yellowstone River, as well as the area of the Missouri River lying west of the U.S. Highway 85 bridge to the Montana border, excluding that portion from the pipeline crossing (river mile 1,577) downstream to the upper end of the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Management Area (river mile 1,565).

With fewer dumpsters and functioning rest rooms in place this year, snaggers are reminded to plan accordingly and pack out all trash.

The use of more than one snag hook per line is illegal. Use or possession of gaffs is prohibited.

A paddlefish tag is not required.

Snaggers should be aware that Sundheim Park, located on the Yellowstone River, is open to day-use only activities.

For complete regulations, see the 2020-22 Fishing Regulations Guide

Snagging Area Maps (updated prior to each season)

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Species Information

Tagging Paddlefish

Paddlefish with tag

Paddlefish Tag Vendors

Bismarck Game and Fish Office
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501

Rosie's Food and Gas
204 South Main
Dickinson, ND 58601

Runnings Farm and Fleet
2003 3rd Avenue West
Dickinson, ND 58601

Big Boy’s Toys
300 North Main Street
Watford City, ND 58854

Scenic Sports
1201 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

Sportsman's Warehouse
925 32nd Ave West
Williston, ND 58801

Trenton Rose Express
14627 Highway 1804
Trenton, ND 58553