Paddlefish harvest season closes
By Jamie Ausk Crisafulli
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The paddlefish harvest season closed at Intake and in the Yellowstone River and the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam on Friday night.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park officials announced the closure on Thursday as the catch limit was expected to be reached.
Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Director Pam Crisafulli said the season, while short, was a huge success.
“Although I would have liked to see it run through Memorial Day weekend, it was great,” Crisafulli said.
The harvest closure did not stop weekend campers and fishermen from converging on Intake Dam.
Banks on both sides of Intake Dam stayed busy throughout the holiday weekend. The campground area was full and “there were a lot of family fun activities all weekend,” Crisafulli said.
Although final numbers weren’t available, Crisafulli said a good portion of the fish harvested were female, resulting in a successful year for caviar collection.
The largest fish brought in to Intake this year was 99.9 pounds, according to Crisafulli.
Catch-and-release paddlefishing will continue through Monday, June 2. Paddlefishing is allowed daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
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