The 2012 paddlefish-snagging season opens Thursday on Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River.
When water temperatures reach 50-55 degrees and flow increases, paddlefish migrate upstream to spawn.
Depending on the weather, snagging season will most likely get off to a slow start, which is typical.
Despite a relatively mild winter, water temperatures are still cold.
Paddlefish are native to the Mississippi, Missouri and Osage river basins in Missouri.