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Frankie Siroky with a big Missouri River paddlefish.

GLASGOW - The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is again taking a conservative approach to managing the state's paddlefish population, allowing the harvest of 1,500 fish this summer.

On the Missouri River from Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton, paddlefish season opens on May 1. Once the quota of 500 fish is harvested, catch-and-release fishing will continue through June 15.

The season opens May 15 on the Yellowstone River and the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam with a quota of 1,000. Fishing can take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Catch-and-release snagging is only allowed at the Intake Fishing Access Site on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

An archery season for paddlefish runs from July 1 through Aug. 31 at the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts area.

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