11 May 2007

Paddlefish Snagging on the Osage River near Warsaw Missouri

Posted by Darrell under: Rod & Reel; By Location; Missouri .

Our Second Keeper PaddlefishCheck out my Paddlefish pictures!
My friend Jeff and I spent a day on the Osage River snagging paddlefish back on April 11th. Neither of us knew exactly what to expect.

The Osage river flows below the Truman Dam and feeds into Lake of the Ozarks. It is full of paddlefish during April and snagging season runs between March 15 and April 30. A great article on paddlefish is on The Missouri Department of Conservation website at http://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2005/02/10.htm

We hired a guide that we found on the Internet and that a mutual friend was familiar with. The guide’s name is Anthony and his site is http://www.catfishingguide.com. Our entire communication with Anthony prior to the day of fishing consisted of a few lines of email where he instructed us where to meet him and when.

We met Anthony at 8am in Warsaw, Missouri at the Drake Harbor Boat ramp. It turned out to be a wet and cold day. It rained the entire day and stayed in the 40’s and 50’s. Anthony was good spirited though and was game to take us out for our first ever day of snagging.

Snagging is hard work! You bounce a large treble hook and weight off the bottom while trolling. The idea is to pull hard on your line in a sweeping motion and grab a giant paddlefish. Jeff caught the first one (after about 2 hours) and it re-invigorated both of us. Unfortunately, even though it looked huge to both of us, Anthony informed us it wasn’t a legal fish. Back in it went.

After a FULL day, Jeff and I both had caught 2 paddlefish each (along with several small catfish that we had inadvertently hooked and immediately threw back). Each of us had one keeper fish.

Anthony filleted them out for us and we took them home. Anthony said he doesn’t like the taste, but mine tastes great. It weighed about 50 lbs and was almost as long as I am tall (6′). Jeff’s was slightly smaller (40is lbs) and was also a great fish.

Will we return to paddlefish next year? Oh yes!
Will we use Anthony again? Absolutely, he was AWESOME!

Check out my Paddlefish pictures!

13 Comments so far...

wanda johnson Says:

8 March 2009 at 10:55 am.

need instuctions how to go to browns bend from hale both in mo. also looking for molds to make 16oz weights and to buy clean lead.

Brian Says:

12 April 2010 at 8:34 am.

Wanda, easiest way to make weights is to cut 3/4 inch conduit off about 4″ long and pour your lead into it. put a piece of twisted 12 ga copper wire inside to make a loop to tie yourline to before you pour the lead in. this way you don’t need molds (which cost upwards of $40 and only make 1 at a time) and it encases the lead so you don’t get it on your hands as much. I drill several holes about 1 inch deep in a board then stick the conduit in the hole to keep it standing up and hold several in place to pour at once.

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Ken Kaniper Says:

24 February 2011 at 1:13 pm.

I would like to have information on cost for a day or two of paddlefishing at Warsaw, Missouri. There will be two of us. I have never done this before and not a computer person so have not had any luck finding the cost or it. Thanks, Ken

John Studebaker Says:

25 February 2011 at 9:32 am.

Best Snaggin trip of my life. If anyone is interested in snagging I would highly recommend Spoonbill Unlimited. I had a blast and know any one else would too. We caught big fish and had a lot of fun. www.spoonbillunlimited.com

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fred flintstone Says:

9 July 2012 at 9:23 pm.

You people are the reason snagging has become a pain in the ass to do. Hell, you people are the reason the lake in general has become a pain in the ass. No one can do what they need to do comfortably for fear of running your dumb asses over on your jet skis. Keep on polluting Missouri with your stupidity. Or better yet, keep your butts in Kansas City and St. Louis where you belong so the people that actually rely on these streams can use them for God’s intended purpose.

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