- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is closing the state’s paddlefish snagging season early.

The season on the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers in northwestern North Dakota will close at 9 p.m. Central time Monday.

The annual season is scheduled to run through May, but Game and Fish closes it early if the 1,000-fish cap is reached, and that usually happens. This year will be the 14th time in 16 years that the season will shut down early.

Fisheries Chief Greg Power says the 2017 paddlefish harvest season of four days equals last year as the shortest on record.

An additional four-day snag-and-release season will begin Tuesday and run through Friday. Anglers with an unused paddlefish tag can continue snagging during the additional snag-and-release season, but must release all fish immediately.

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