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The American Paddlefish is unique in several ways; it has a long paddle-like appendage that helps it find food, and it eats only zooplankton, which means it has to be snagged since it doesn’t go after bait.

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Going after paddlefish is a lot different than going after a walleye, but once you drag one of those prehistoric monsters onto shore, you’re hooked.


Just ask Dennis and Brenda Ahlfs of Detroit Lakes, who have been traveling to Montana and North Dakota in search of paddlefish for eight or nine years.

“We’ve gone every year since we’ve started,” said Brenda. “We even went twice two years, just to get our fish,” added Dennis.

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