Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
PaddlefishAlmost shark-like in appearance, paddlefish do not have bones, its only scales are located on the upper lobe of the tail, and its gill covers are very long. It is a large and long-lived fish. It feeds on plankton so it seldom is taken on lures or baits. Snagging is the accepted method of taking paddlefish. This is done under many restrictions so this prehistoric fish will not be over-harvested. Paddlefish have an established spawning run upstream from Lake Sakakawea into the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. Also called spoonbill catfish and shovelnose cat, these unique fish commonly grow to 100 pounds.