Anglers With Paddlefish License Must Use Caution Around Gavins Point Dam In October

YANKTON, SD – Early next week the snagging season will begin for paddlefish on Tuesday, October 1. Due to high water releases, dangerous conditions will be occurring on the Missouri River below Gavin’s Point Dam.

According to a release from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, outflows from Gavins Point Dam will be at or above 80,000 cubic feet per second for the entire month of October.

The high outflows will cause turbulent and unpredictable water conditions on the river below Gavins Point Dam. All anglers, both in vessels and on the bank, should use extreme caution when fishing on or near the river.

For those on vessels plan on wearing a life jacket and fishermen on the banks should pay attention to their footing as the high river flows can cause slippery condition on the rocks along the banks.

Boaters should use extreme caution if they choose to anchor their boats. Even anchoring from the bow can be dangerous in turbulent water. Anchors can become caught up in debris on the bottom, causing swamping. Never anchor over the transom or double anchor.

In addition, all vessels must remain downstream of the Restricted Area signs located on the north and south banks of the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam. Conservation officers and park rangers will be closely monitoring the area and violators will be subject to citations and/or removed from the river.

All required vessel equipment can be found in the 2019 Boating Guide at