Paddlefish Season Begins on Upper Missouri River

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – This year’s Montana paddlefish seasons kicked off on Saturday with the opening of the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton downstream to Fort Peck Dam.

Paddlefish anglers must have a white harvest tag, which is issued through a lottery system, to participate in catching and keeping a paddlefish from this section of the river. FWP mails these tags to successful applicants.

Unsuccessful paddlefish lottery applicants will be issued a snag-and-release only license for the Upper Missouri River. Others may also purchase snag-and-release tags for this fishery at FWP offices or online, even if they are not part of the lottery.

All harvested paddlefish must be immediately tagged and reported within 48 hours. Reporting options include: on-site where fish were harvested (at check points like Intake Fishing Access Site or self-creeling stations along the Upper Missouri), on the phone hotline at 1-877-FWP-WILD (877-397-9453) or 444-0356, or online at MyFWP at

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