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Published May 16, 2013, 02:11 PM

North Dakota closing paddlefish snagging season

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the state's 2013 paddlefish snagging season will close at 10 p.m. on Friday to protect the population level of the fish.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the state's 2013 paddlefish snagging season will close at 10 p.m. on Friday to protect the population level of the fish.

Fisheries chief Greg Power says strong participation and relatively low water levels concentrating the paddlefish led to the early closure.

An additional seven-day snag-and-release season will begin Saturday and run through Friday, May 24.

The 2012-14 fishing proclamation allows for the Game and Fish director to close the snagging season early if it appears more than 1,000 paddlefish will be harvested. The scheduled closing date was May 31.

Only twice in the past 13 years has the season remained open through May.

Snaggers with an unused tag can continue snagging during the additional snag-and-release season, but must release all fish immediately.

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