Paddlefish Snagging


A special paddlefish snagging season runs March 15 through May 15on postedareas inside Chetopa and Burlington city parks on the Neosho River, Neosho River at Iola downstream from dam to city limits, Marais des Cygnes River below Osawatomie Dam downstream to posted boundary, and Marais des Cygnes River on the upstream boundary of Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area downstream to the Kansas-Missouri border and the Browning Oxbow of the Missouri River. Paddlefish may be snagged using pole and line with not more than two single or treble barbless hooks. 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. The daily creel limit for paddlefish is two and the season limit is six. On the Missouri River boundary waters, there is a24-inch minimum length limit. There is a 34-inch minimum length limit on Marias des Cygnes River. Paddlefish are measured from the front of the eye to the fork of the tail. A paddlefish permit ($12.50, youth $7.50)includes six carcass tags. However, an angler younger than 16 may use an adult’s paddlefish permit while accompanied by that adult with at least one unused carcass tag in possession. Each paddlefish snagged and kept by the youth angler shall be included as part of the daily limit creel limit of the permit holder. Immediately upon attaching fish to stringer, 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. Anglers must stop snag-ging once the daily creel limit of paddlefish is reached. Paddlefish caught outside the paddlefish season or in non-snagging areas may bekept if they are hooked in the mouth. 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.