Missouri and Big Sioux rivers paddlefish fishing season opens Feb. 4
DES MOINES — The paddlefish fishing season is open from sunrise to sunset from Feb. 4 to April 30 on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers. Anglers fishing for paddlefish must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag(s).
Anglers are asked to keep track of their catch and effort and return the survey card after the paddlefish season whether they have harvested a fish or not. The information collected will help the Iowa DNR evaluate the success of the season and determine what potential changes/modifications may be needed. Recent changes to the season were mostly guided by angler comments and are much appreciated.
Anglers who catch a jaw-tagged fish (numbered band in the lower jaw), are to call the phone number on the tag and report the tag number, date of capture, capture location and eye-to-fork length. The Iowa DNR and other state fisheries agencies tag paddlefish to better understand and manage populations. Tagging provides valuable information to estimate population size, fish movement and growth.
For more information about Iowa’s special paddlefish season, visit the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/paddlefish.