North Dakota paddlefish snagging season closing early

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials have shut down the paddlefish snagging season in order to protect the fish population.

The 2021 season was scheduled through the third week in May, but the state Game and Fish Department often closes it early when a high number of fish are caught.

Snagging is legal in certain areas of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers in northwestern North Dakota. An additional seven-day snag-and-release season will begin Monday and run through Wednesday.

Anglers with an unused paddlefish tag may continue snagging but must release all fish immediately.

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