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Missouri River paddlefish licenses on sale now

  • 12/22/2016 9:12:00 AM
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Try a new fishing experience this spring – snagging paddlefish on the Missouri River. Paddlefish licenses are on sale now through Jan. 31, 2017.

Visit the Iowa DNR online license system today to buy your special paddlefish license or call 800-367-1188. 

Here are a few quick facts about Iowa’s special paddlefish snagging season:

  • You must have a valid Iowa fishing license to purchase the special license.
  • Licenses are being sold on a first-come, first-serve basis through Jan. 31, 2017. A resident license sells for $22 and a nonresident license costs $42.
  • The license with a tag and instructions will be mailed to your home address in early February. Be sure and hold onto this tag for the March 1 – April 15 season.
  • You can fish for paddlefish on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers, on or within Iowa’s borders. For details on designated areas, visit the DNR paddlefish webpage.

 Good luck and good fishing!