Nebraska Paddlefish Season Closed

Aaron Stone, 21, Pawhuska, reeled in this 125-lb. 7-oz. Oklahoma state record Paddlefish April 10 from the Arkansas River.

Due to unsafe conditions on the flooding Missouri River, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission closed the 2011 archery paddlefish season that was previously set to begin July 9 and run for 30 days. Game and Parks took the action during a special teleconference June 17 at agency headquarters in Lincoln.

Game and Parks will return permit fees to all 275 successful applicants who were awarded a permit via a drawing held May 9. All preference points for the applicants will be restored to where they were following the end of the 2010 season.

The archery paddlefish season normally takes place on a 77-mile stretch of the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam to the mouth of the Big Sioux River near Sioux City. The U.S. Coast Guard has closed this section of the river to all boat traffic due to flooding that is expected to last most of the summer.

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