Paddlefish Snagging


A special Paddlefish snagging season runs March 15 through May 15 on posted areas inside city parks on the Neosho River in Chetopa and Burlington, Neosho River at Iola downstream from dam to city limits, Marais des Cygnes River below Osawatomie Dam downstream to posted boundary, Marais des Cygnes River from the upstream boundary of the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area downstream to the Kansas-Missouri border, and the Browning Oxbow Lake of the Missouri River.

A Paddlefish permit (Adult - $12.50, Youth - $7.50) is required in addition to a Fishing License. The Paddlefish Permit includes six carcass tags. For locations to buy Paddlefish Snagging permits go HERE or buy ONLINE.

  • Paddlefish may be snagged using pole and line with not more than two single or treble hooks.
  • Daily Creel limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • There is a 24-inch minimum length limit on paddle fish in Missouri River boundary waters, and there is a 34-inch minimum length limit on the Marais des Cygnes River. Barbless hooks must be used in Chetopa City Park. Catch and release is allowed in Burlington, Chetopa, and Iola, except that once attached to a stringer, a fish becomes part of the daily creel limit.
  • Immediately upon harvest, anglers must sign a carcass tag, record the county/date/time of harvest, and attach the carcass tag to the lower jaw of the paddlefish taken. (NOTE: Tagging harvested paddlefish at designated check-in stations is no longer required.)
  • Anglers must stop snagging once the daily limit of paddlefish is reached.
  • Nonsport fish (carp, drum, grass carp, threadfin and gizzard shad, goldfish, gar, suckers including carpsucker and buffalo, goldeye, and bowfin) may also be snagged in waters posted open to snagging during the paddlefish season. There are no limits on nonsport fish.

A PDF of the complete Paddlefish Regulation can be found HERE.