Paddlefish season brings new research projects

2 years 8 months 4 days ago Sunday, March 15 2015 Mar 15, 2015 Sunday, March 15, 2015 6:42:00 PM CDT March 15, 2015 in News
By: Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

WARSAW - Missouri's annual spring paddlefish season is in full cast as it pushed off early Sunday morning.

This year the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is starting a 5-year program to track how many spoonbills are harvested each year. The team in charge of gathering the data to track these fish set out nets in each reservoir to collect data. Once a paddlefish is caught in the net the team weighs, measures, and implants a band with a special number and phone number to be called in to the team.

Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Management Biologist Trish Yasber said roughly 16,000 people will try to snag one of these large fish. Paddlefish, or spoonbill, can weigh up to 160 pounds and are recognized by their distinct nose, or bill.

The MDC is in charge of stocking Truman Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the Lake of the Ozarks with paddlefish for fishers to harvest. The MDC stocks 38,000 spoonbill each year in order for the fishing season to continue. Dams built around these reservoirs hinder spawning which is why the MDC helps to keep them stocked.

Yasber said relying on snaggers is essential to the research.

"We depend on the snaggers to let us know when they catch a tagged fish so we know how many are coming out and based on that information we can adjust our stocking rates if necessary," he said.

The team will then keep track of which fish has been caught as well as scanning all fish that have been snagged to see if they have been tagged. The tags allow the MDC to know if the paddlefish are beginning to spawn on their own and if so in what areas. These numbers will also allow the MDC to know how many more fish they should implant for the following year. 

Fishers are allowed to snag two spoonbill per day if they are more than than 34" long. If a tagged spoonbill is snagged, people are encouraged to call the MDC at 573-579-6825. People who call that number will also receive a free t-shirt and be put into a $500 raffle.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Shots were fired in downtown Columbia early Saturday morning in an area typically packed with late night celebrants.... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, November 18 2017 Nov 18, 2017 Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:49:00 AM CST November 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was hurt in a crash on Stadium Boulevard at the intersections of East Pointe Road and... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 9:12:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center off Providence Road caught fire Friday night. A division chief said crews... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 8:19:52 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Each of Missouri’s counties are slating new council members for their MU Extension County Council. The councils... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 6:52:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be putting "all available troopers" on the roads over Thanksgiving week. ... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 5:58:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Gloomy weather and a possible chance of rain isn't going to stop one Columbia organization from throwing on... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 4:12:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - The approval process took several months, but the process of planning a switch to a new sewage treatment... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
KINGDOM CITY - Hatton-McCredie Elementary’s 5th grade class donated $900 to Central Missouri Honor Flight, in honor of a late... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 3:51:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Haby Naya grew up in Chad, Africa. She spent lots of her free time braiding hair, anyone’s hair... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 3:45:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor will not file criminal charges against a Southwest Airlines pilot arrested after... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 3:41:31 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler met with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Friday to discuss the new tax overhaul known as... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 3:24:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Thursday after a woman said he had sexually assaulted her. According to police,... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 2:42:56 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Housing Development Commission held a meeting with Missouri citizens to share the final decisions for the... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 1:39:00 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' largest skyscraper is on the market following foreclosure. The vacant 44-story office... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 1:30:48 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A judge has agreed to once again push back the trial date for a St. Louis-area... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 1:28:54 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — The driver of a stolen vehicle involved in a crash that killed four people has been... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 1:26:19 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police officers will be required each month to read and acknowledge an order reiterating... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 12:48:28 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
DONIPHAN (AP) — Authorities are investigating an unusual drowning in the Current River. The Missouri State Highway Patrol... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 12:44:22 PM CST November 17, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
5am 60°
6am 58°
7am 54°
8am 48°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
4:30a
Paid Program
5:00a
This Week in Mizzou Football
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program
5:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Will & Grace
7:30p
Superstore
8:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld