A snagging season that lasted a few more days than last year led to a slightly higher number of citations during the recent paddlefish snagging season.
From opening day May 1 until the season closed May 22, North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens issued a record 190 citations as part of an annual saturation effort in Williams and McKenzie counties, according to enforcement chief Robert Timian. Last year the citation total was 177.
The most prevalent violation was fishing without a license, involving 36 nonresidents and 13 residents. Only 14 violations were directly related to paddlefishing.
Wardens also patrol several thousand acres of state wildlife management areas in the two counties. Altogether, 53 citations were issued for WMA rule violations, with 27 for possession of glass beverage containers.
In addition, wardens also cited numerous individuals with minor in possession of alcohol, littering and possession of nonprescription drugs and/or paraphernalia.
Enforcement saturation efforts aren’t only done in the northwest during the paddlefish season, but are conducted statewide depending on the need. Timian said wardens are brought in from across the state for additional support for short-term, specific operations where needed.