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GLASGOW — The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking a conservative approach to managing paddlefish, allowing a total of 1,500 fish to be harvested this year.

Fisheries managers say paddlefish reproduction has suffered in recent years because of drought and low water flows, combined with increasing fishing pressure.

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. It will stay open until June 15 unless the 1,000-fish combined quota for those two areas is reached earlier.

Anglers can harvest only one paddlefish.

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