- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The start of May marks the start of the annual paddlefish snagging season in northwestern North Dakota.

The season runs through the month, though state wildlife officials can close it early if it appears too many fish will be caught.

Snagging is legal in all areas of the Yellowstone River in North Dakota, and in most of the Missouri River west of the U.S. Highway 85 bridge to the Montana border.

Paddlefish snagged on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays must be harvested. Fish snagged on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays must be released.

The Game and Fish Department says all snaggers must have a paddlefish tag and a valid fishing license. A full list of rules can be found on the agency’s website, at https://www.gf.nd.gov .

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