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Paddlefishing Season

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Intake Diversion Dam 17 miles north of Glendive, Montana is famous for paddlefishing and the production of Yellowstone Caviar. Glendive is considered the "Paddlefish Capitol of the World" and draws over 3,000 anglers annually to this short stretch of the Yellowstone River.

The Intake fishing access site provides camping facilities, a boat ramp, and picnic tables. A concession stand is on site during paddlefish season from 7 A.M. until 9 P.M. daily, and serves meals, rents paddlefishing equipment, and sells fishing supplies. Boat shuttle service is available for crossing the river or fishing downstream. For more information on facilities or fishing, call the concessionaire at 406.687.3287 (687-EATS).

It takes a special fishing skill and a heavy duty tackle to challenge this senior denizen of the river. Because paddlefish feed on microscopic organisms, they cannot be caught by conventional fishing methods. Live bait and lures are useless against these formidable foes...they must be snagged!

The necessary rigging is unique for river fishing:

  • several 6/0 to 8/0 treble hooks
  • 40-80# test line
  • a heavy surf rod 8-12 feet long
  • a heavy-duty salt-water spinning reel of star-drag reel
  • 4-6 oz. weights

Paddlefish season runs from May 15th through June 30th, or until the season closes. You will need a Montana fishing license and a special paddlefish tag. Information on tags is on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks site.

Daily Paddlefish Report
Yellowstone Caviar
Paddlefishing on the Yellowstone
Glendive Chamber of Commerce
808 North Merrill
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 377-5601
Fax: (406) 377-5602
chamber@midrivers.com