I answered the phone yesterday to this greeting, “I can’t take it anymore.” Thinking that something may be wrong, I got concerned. The response was, “Keith keeps texting me about all the fish he’s catching; I’ve gotta get out there.” And thus began my husband’s afternoon on the Missouri River. That was followed up by this morning’s journey to the Missouri River. And in these two days of fishing I’ve gotten these photos texted to me.
The season doesn’t close/open for North Dakota fishing, with the exception of paddlefishing – which opens on Sunday, May 1. The season is scheduled to run through the end of May, though state wildlife officials will close it early to protect the fish population if it appears too many paddlefish will be caught. That’s happened eight times in the past 10 years. North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department has the info on this exclusive season.
The paddlefish is one of the largest freshwater fish found in North America. It’s often desired for its caviar, and a Williston nonprofit called North Star Caviar harvests the paddlefish eggs and sells them to raise money for community grants and paddlefish research.
A new paddlefish state record was set in 2010 when then 16-year-old Alex Mergen snagged one weighing at least 130 pounds.