You've seen pictures of them, but have you ever caught one? Paddlefish. You may know them as spoonbill. Here's your chance to learn how to catch/snag them.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free paddlefish snagging clinic on Saturday, April 13, at the Warsaw Community Building, 181 W. Harrison St. The clinic is offered in two sessions, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required and opens on March 5. Workshops have a limit of 24 persons per session. They are open only to first-time participants.

Missouri’s paddlefish snagging season opens March 15 and closes April 30. Prime places for paddlefish snagging in Missouri are upper reaches of Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake and Table Rock Lake. Paddlefish are also found in the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and some of their tributaries.

To register for the clinic, call 660-530-5500 beginning at 8 a.m. on March 5. For more information about paddlefish snagging in Missouri, visit

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