ND Game and Fish Confirms Record-Breaking Paddlefish Catch

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When Grant Werkmeister of Williston snagged a 131-pound paddlefish earlier this month, he thought it might be a record.

May 18, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department confirmed that Werkmeister's 71-inch paddlefish is the heaviest fish ever caught in North Dakota.

It broke the previous record of 130 pounds set in 2010.

Werkmeister snagged the fish on May 7, about 20 miles southwest of Williston near the confluence area.