ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

New North Dakota state record buffalo fish weighed more than 60 pounds; here is a photo of the behemoth

Buffalo are a native fish sometimes confused with nonnative and invasive common carp. Mitch Estabrook’s fish is the largest weighed in North Dakota that was not a paddlefish or pallid sturgeon.

ND record buffalo.jpg
Mitch Estabrook of Bismarck with the record-setting 60-pound, 8-ounce buffalo fish he arrowed May 16, while bowfishing on Heart Butte Reservoir. The fish beat the previous record in the "buffalo species" category by 3 pounds.
Contributed / Scott Gangl, North Dakota Game and Fish Department
We are part of The Trust Project.

BISMARCK – A bow fisherman from Bismarck has set a new North Dakota state record in the bowfishing/spearfishing category, the Game and Fish Department confirmed Monday.

Mitch Estabrook arrowed a 60-pound, 8-ounce buffalo from Heart Butte Reservoir on May 16. It broke the previous record by 3 pounds, taken at Heart Butte Reservoir in 2017 by Derek Larson of Mandan.

READ MORE FISHING COVERAGE:

Buffalo are a native fish sometimes confused with nonnative and invasive common carp. North Dakota Game and Fish Department records indicate that Estabrook’s fish is the largest weighed in the state that was not a paddlefish or pallid sturgeon.

What to read next
The meetings result from the discovery of chronic wasting disease in the Climax area of northwest Minnesota and in Grand Rapids city limits.
Conservation officers Ben Huener and Tony Elwell worked the Red River of the North with a North Dakota game warden checking catfish anglers.
The meetings will include a formal presentation on history, current status and the future of CWD in North Dakota.
To get an event in the Outdoors Calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.