Bill Harmon of Chamberlain, S.D., snagged this 127-pound, 9-ounce paddlefish May 7 on Lake Francis Case to break the old record of 120 pounds, 12 ounces that had stood since April 1979. (Submitted photo)

Anglers flock to northwest N.D. to snag a paddlefish


But the oil boom hasn’t deterred them from visiting the region each year to try to snag the ancient fish.

“The fishing hasn’t changed,” said Dennis Ahlfs of Detroit Lakes.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.