Paddlefish Snaggers Reminded of Possible Burn Ban

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Anglers planning on participating in the state’s paddlefish season should check with local authorities for possible burning restrictions.

Several counties in western and central North Dakota have had burn bans, and recent moisture has allowed some to rescind burn restrictions. If burn bans are in place, open burning, including campfires, is prohibited.

Even if a burn ban has been lifted, caution is advised with open fires so that a wildfire doesn’t develop.

Snagging is legal in all areas of the Yellowstone River in North Dakota, and in 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).

North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of the month. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 36-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.

For more information on the state’s paddlefish season, access the Game and Fish Department’s website at, or refer to the 2008-10 North Dakota Fishing Guide.

 – North Dakota Game and Fish Department –