Paddlefish mandatory reporting phone numbers incorrect

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Paddlefish season opened on the Yellowstone May 15. Paddlefish harvest days are Tuesday, Wedneday, Friday and Saturday.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently discovered that the call-in numbers listed on many of the small gold mailedout cards sent to those anglers with Upper Missouri harvest tags are incorrect. Cards are mailed out to anglers that successfully draw a harvest tag for the Upper Missouri River Paddlefish season (White Tag) and are also handed out when anglers purchase both Yellow and Blue tags. Both numbers listed on the gold card are disconnected. It seems that some anglers, however, were mailed a card where the numbers listed were correct.

The correct numbers for calling in to report a harvested paddlefish are 1-877-FWPWILD (1-877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356. The correct numbers are also found in the 2019 Montana fishing regulations (page 85) as well as in the paddlefish regulations pamphlet (page 1).

FWP apologizes for this inconvenience and encourages anglers who were unable to report their paddlefish to report using the correct numbers. All harvested paddlefish reported to the on-site locations on the Upper Missouri River or through MyFWP have been submitted and these anglers do not need to re-report their fish.

Remember that all harvested paddlefish must be immediately tagged and reported within 48 hours. Reporting options include: on-site where fish were harvested (at check points like Intake Fishing Access Site or roving creel staff along the Missouri), on the correct phone hotline at 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356, or online at MyFWP at fwp.mt.gov .

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2019 Paddlefish Regulations, or 2019 Montana Fishing Regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.

Reporting your harvested paddlefish assists biologists with the sustainable management of our unique paddlefish populations.

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