Foto Story Friday #156—Paddlefish

A couple of weeks ago the paddlefishing season opened.  We went out to watch them catch paddlefish and hopefully get a few photos as well.  It looked like we were going to get rained on, but it held off and we were successful in seeing a paddlefish being caught.  You  use a strong pole like for deep sea fishing and you just have to snag the fish then fight it to the shore.  Paddlefish are prehistoric fish and the season for catching them is very short usually a week.  We’ve had so much rain and the river has risen so high that they had to close the fishing areas.  I believe that they have recently been re-opened.

When we got to Intake,there was a film crew on the riverbank.

film crew

They look pretty official huh?  The camerawoman walked by headed up to her truck and she was wearing a National Geographic hat.  A man fishing asked the blonde when this piece would air.  We started to pay a little more attention…. They really were from the National Geographic!

waders on

filming the Fish Wildlife and Parks employee on the river

off on an adventure

Now to the paddlefish…



fish on!

We had about given up on watching one be reeled in when we heard the “Fish On!”  We started running back towards the sounds.

Drag em in


Thus the name, Paddlefish.

proud moment

His second cast of the day and he came up successful!  It was also his second paddlefish caught.  He said he caught one in North Dakota.

tagged and ready for weighing

36 lbs

36 pounds is a good sized fish, but kinda small for a paddlefish.

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I am a mother of 6 wonderful kids, wife to one great guy, sister to 7 and a photographer.
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3 Responses to Foto Story Friday #156—Paddlefish

  1. Aunt Claudia says:

    Wow, they DO look prehistoric! Wonder how they taste…another amazing story from the Yellowstone!

  2. Alia says:


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