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PADDLEFISH SNAGGING SEASON OPENS OCT. 1

PIERRE Anglers licensed to snag Paddlefish this fall should remember a few recommendations when the 2003 South Dakota/Nebraska paddlefish snagging season opens Oct. 1.

Game, Fish and Parks Resource Biologist Jason Sorensen said anglers can begin paddlefish snagging at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1. Paddlefish snaggers can fish daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the 30-day season, which closes at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30.

"All paddlefish anglers must cast for, hook and retrieve their own fish," Sorensen said. He also reminds paddlefish snaggers to bring a flexible tape measure with them when they fish, because any paddlefish which measures between 35 inches and 45 inches (measured along and over the center line contour of the fish, lying flat, including the entire eye to the natural fork of the tail), must be immediately released.

Anglers, especially those fishing from boats, also need to be aware of the closed area that lies immediately below Gavins Point Dam. A quick review of the 2003 paddlefish snagging season rule sheet, that was included with each tag packet, will help anglers avoid violating the regulations and avoid receiving unwanted citations and fines.

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