What is a paddlefish?
One of only 2 species of paddlefish in the world, the North American species is found in 22 states. The fossil record of paddlefish species in the Missouri River basin dates back 60 million years. Individual animals can live 60 years or more and reach weights of almost 200 pounds (current North Dakota record – 130 pounds). To learn more about paddlefish, check out our paddlefish question and answer page.