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02-16-2004, 11:17 AM
Anyone ever shot one? Seems to be the bigest legal thing to shoot in Oklahoma.
02-23-2004, 10:31 PM
NO, dont shoot paddle fish, there is not that many of them, go to your state fish and wildlife website and check them out. they are pretty damn ugly fish though.
02-29-2004, 09:49 PM
Actually paddlefish are plentiful in Oklahoma. They are a popular fish to catch this time of year. They are caught by snagging as they go upriver to spawn. Check this out: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishregs/paddlefishregs.htm
Plus they are tastey ;)
02-29-2004, 10:10 PM
Acouple of other paddlefish links: http://www.nativefish.org/Articles/spoonbill.htm http://www.nativefish.org/Articles/Pre_Paddlefish.htm
03-04-2004, 10:03 AM
I know in Alabama they are protected. You can get a real stiff fine and jail time should "the man" catch you with one.
03-04-2004, 04:44 PM
They are hurting in a lot of states. The daming of our river systems has really hurt their migratory/spawning cycle. Oklahoma has been very agressive in their managment. Untill last year they had a special season for snagging. they are now open year around with a daily limit of one. Bowfishing and spearguns are on the list of legal equipment now.
As a kid I would snag & catch spoonbill at Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River (Nebraska and South Dakota boarder). These fish get huge up to 90lbs, maybe bigger.
I remember times when my dad and grandfather would come home and toss the fish in the snow for me to clean. Funny how I use to think cleaning fish was a privilege. I have a picture that I look at often with my dad, grandfather and uncle each holding up two fish (that was the limit) all over 50lbs. I think the biggest they every snagged was 87 lbs or 78 lbs, hell I can't remember it's been too many years.
Depending on where you're fishing there are still restricted seasons on these fish. In fact some places you have to buy a tag, like a deer licence. Once a certain number of fish are caught the season closes by the sound of a horn.
O'the good old days.
03-04-2004, 10:27 PM
Wow I sure hope the rest of the country lears a thing or two about managing these fish from Oklahoma. 100+ pound fish are not uncommon and they are being reintroduced and stocked above many dams in our state.
03-05-2004, 10:21 PM
If I could only get away from the garage sale...:mad:
03-05-2004, 11:36 PM
LOL, Wife has the truck so I have no way to get my boat to grand on sunday :( So i'm going to hook and line it at Thunderbird with someone from work, unless you and a truck can get out of that garage sale. Shoulden't you be wrapping it up by then anyway?
03-06-2004, 07:40 PM
Made a couple hundred today, we shall see what happens tomorrow. I have to get my tanks filled up before i go anywhere. they are all about 1000psi.
03-06-2004, 11:19 PM
Steven, Give me a call tomorrow on my home number If you can be done by around noon I would like to try a quick trip to Murrey or Elmer Thomas. We can't spear at Elmer Thomas but I was there yesterday, not diving, and vis looked really good. I think i could handle its current temp.
03-06-2004, 11:55 PM
I know I wont be able to make it. Wife does not get home until 3PM so I have to be there with the sale. I also checked on my reg and it is not designed for anything under 45 degree water temps. I think the first thermocline would put me too close to a freeze up situation. We will have plenty of time after you get back from the gulf.
03-07-2004, 09:09 AM
Yep we sure do have fun today. I'm going fishing.
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