Well, on the Illinois prarie state outdoors website it Says that the Season started January 1st. It snuck up on me this year! Started getting my gear rounded up and was gonna go down and try below Keokuk soon. Today a friend of mine got ahold of me and told me he stumbled on these NEW 2010 Spoonbill Regulations. This is directly from the 2010 Iowa Fishing Regulations. 2010 Regulation Changes: When fishing for paddlefish on the Mississippi River anglers are restricted to: hooks no larger than 5/0 treble or measuring more than 1-1/4 inch in length when two of the hooks points are placed on a ruler, an open season period from March through April 15 and immediately releasing alive all fish 33 inches and greater when measured from the front of the eye to the fork of the tail (See page 13) I havent been able to get of the Illinois DNR yet. But if they haven;t changed their rules, then I'm not real sure how that will work. I also don't know how it will work for you guys snagging in Bonaparte. Different river, different rules?