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paddlefish

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Ever caught one? Ive seen 3 hooked in the same spot on the skin flaps next to the mouth, possibly foul hooked. One was near 25lbs estimated.

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There are a few in the Minnesota River. They feed on plankton so fishing for them is hard unless you got REALLY small hooks grin.gif

This is a DNR photo of one sampled near Granite Falls I believe...

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Those are awesome fish!

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I've seen a couple skimin the top by GraniteFalls,but in Texas & Okla.They catch them castin treble hooks weighted and snag them,never saw one taken but I guess they sight fish.

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Here's some paddlefish my brother and girlfriend caught in the minnesota river, I wasnt lucky enough to hook any. The top one was the 25lber. Signs of a cleaner river ahead.

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This fish was not injured and was released succesfully.

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Awesome fish!!!

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There out their! It would be a mile stone to get one. Another notch in my belt. Nice fish!

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Sweet!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing.

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YOu could head to western ND towards Williston were they have an open season for about a month to snag paddlefish. Not uncommon to hook into some reall monsters. I have not ventured out there but friends have and they say it is a blast. There are companys there that will clean you fish for free if they get to take the eggs. Good deal for all. Limit of One fish per person per year I beleive with controlled harvest of only so manyfish per year.

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I had the opportunity to fish these fish in SD last year. Simpliy awesome. You are correct, rip a trble hook through the water with a 6-8 oz sinker. When you bury the hook, hold on. I had one almost take the rod right out of my hand. It feels like snagging a sunk car. I caught nine the one day I fished. My arms were so sore the next day.

Slab

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slabberknocker, how many years did you try for the license to get through? We tried last year but weren't picked in the lottery. I'd love to give that a try!

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rrAngler, lets hear the story, how'd you catch them? Looks like some extreme river fishing conditions to me.

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I got a tag my first year applying. You can also apply for a non-res. Nebraska tag. You can fish either side of the river with a SD or Neb. tag.

Slab

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