Man fined $5,500 and will pay $64,465 in restitution to the Ohio DNR.
The 164-pound fish was snagged near Tulsa recently.
During the 2018 season, reports of illegal fishing methods used by some permitted paddlefish harvesters lead to ADCNR law enforcement officers initiating an intensive investigation, which resulted in 135 convictions for violations.
Aquarium officials look to find home for threatened species in Caddo Lake.
The 2016-18 fishing proclamation allows for the closing of the snagging season early if it appears the harvest will exceed 1,000 paddlefish.
It opens May 1, and depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.
The Iowa DNR and other state fisheries agencies tag paddlefish to better understand and manage populations.
Average length of fish harvested in 2016 was about 33 inches, but paddlefish have the potential to reach lengths of over 50 inches and weigh over 50 pounds
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