Paddlefish snagging season comes to a close

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Paddlefish snagging came to a close Sunday evening after a shorter than normal season.

Game and Fish says a total of 743 paddlefish were cleaned at the North Star Caviar facility at the Confluence, but bringing fish to the cleaning station isn't mandatory, so that number doesn't include paddlefish that snaggers cleaned themselves.

Game and Fish says they'll know the exact number of snagged fish when follow up surveys are completed.

Fisheries Management Section Leader Scott Gangl tells us that they have a harvest cap of 1,000 paddlefish, so they had to make the decision to close the season before that was reached so they don't over-harvest.

Gangl did say that things slowed down this past weekend and harvest numbers were a little lower than expected.

For those that haven't caught a paddlefish and still want to get out on the water, there is a four-day snag-and-release season that started Sunday and goes till Wednesday, where anglers who have an unused tag can keep fishing, but have to immediately release the fish.