Hot Action On A Cold, Wet Day

The arrival of October Tuesday also marked the annual arrival of paddlefish season on the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam. RIGHT: Tuesday’s rain and cold held down the number of anglers who usually crowd along the shores — or take to the boats — but those who showed up Tuesday were rewarded with some great fishing, thanks in no small part to the high releases from Gavins Point Dam. The dam was moving 80,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), which included 47,000 cfs from the spillway. Jason Prothman (right) of Norfolk, Nebraska, who landed this 44.7-pound paddlefish, said he has been coming to the tailwaters for years and Tuesday may have been the best paddlefishing he’s seen. His friend, Mark Dyer of Doniphan, Nebraska, was a first-timer and brought in a 58.1 pounder.

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