Angler snags record-tying paddlefish

Tyler Hughes of Mandan snagged a record-tying 131-pound paddlefish on May 3 in the Yellowstone River southwest of Williston.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has confirmed that Hughes’s 74-inch paddlefish ties the record from 2016 by Grant Werkmeister of Williston.

The two fish are the heaviest caught and documented in North Dakota.

The season was open to the harvest of paddlefish from May 1-15.


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