Paddlefish snagging set at Lake Francis Case, first in 30 yearsRestocking efforts have paid off with a rebuilt fish population in the lake.
FORT THOMPSON (AP) — Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River in South Dakota will have a paddlefish snagging season for the first time in about 30 years.
According to media reports, years of restocking efforts have paid off with a rebuilt fish population in the lake. The state has authorized 350 paddlefish permits there. More than 2,000 people have applied.
The Lower Brule and Crow Creek tribes each are issuing an additional 25 permits. The season is the entire month of May.
State fishery crews have handled paddlefish weighing more than 100 pounds in the lake. The state record is 120 pounds, 12 ounces. Game, Fish and Parks Regional Supervisor Cliff Stone says he expects hundreds of people to turn out opening day, hoping to set a new mark.