The annual paddlefish season is in full swing. Things got underway yesterday (Sunday) as anglers lined up across the lake area hoping to snag one of the big fish also known as spoonbill that have a distinct nose or bill and can weigh up to 160 pounds. Bill Cassidy, host of Fishing the Ozarks on KRMS says anglers can catch them by the dam but its more fun to do so from a boat.
Anglers are only allowed to snag two paddlefish per day if they are more than 34 inches long. The Missouri Department of Conservation has also started a 5 year program to track how many spoonbills are harvested each year.