Iowa’s paddlefish season set to begin March 1

The Iowa paddlefish season opens March 1 on the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers and runs through April 15.

The Iowa paddlefish season opens March 1 on the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers and runs through April 15.

Anglers must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag.

If you catch a jaw-tagged fish — there is a numbered band in the lower jaw — please call the number on the tag and report the tag number, date of 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 information to estimate population, fish movement and growth.

Return the survey card after the paddlefish season whether a fish was harvested or not.

In Nebraska, the application period for archery paddlefish permits begins at 1 p.m. March 1. Mail applications must be received in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Lincoln office by 5 p.m. and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. March 14.

Permits will be issued in a random drawing based on preference points earned — applicants with the most preference points will receive the greatest priority. Any permits left will be sold starting at 1 p.m. May 1. A total of 275 permits are available.

New in 2017 is a $7 nonrefundable application fee, which is included in the permit prices. Permit fees are $33 for residents and $57 for nonresidents.

Download an application form at OutdoorNebraska.gov/fisheriesforms/. The archery paddlefish season is June 1 to 30.