In 2017, the buds were just beginning to show up at the start of Paddlefish snagging season. We headed out to the Fairview Lift Bridge and Sundheim park to join the party.
We found people there who return to the same spot every year, like a reunion. It’s a happy, upbeat, party social environment.
The annual gathering of big rods, big hooks, and big fun draws “snaggers” from across the upper Midwest. Some days are snag and release days, others are snag and keep days. Last year, e were there for a snag and release day.
From Michigan to Wyoming and beyond, anglers congregate along the shores of the Missouri River and the Yellowstone Rivers in North Dakota. Surrounded by the beauty of the North Dakota Badlands anglers attempt to toss out their large treble hooks and heavy sinkers to drag near the bottom of the river in hopes of snagging a Paddlefish.
Mick catches a big one
We mild-mannered explorers are debating whether to try paddlefishing. What do you think? Yes or no?
We’ve assembled a gallery of opening day photos taken at Sundheim Park near Fairview. Click here to go to the paddlefishing gallery.
The North Dakota Game and Fish video shows more of what it is like.
Here’s the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Paddlefishing page.
Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe so you can see what this year’s event looked like. We’re headed up there this week to get the photos and video.