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On his recent trip to Pryor, Oklahoma Dave Chanda learned how to paddle fish with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation staff and heard many success stories about how they manage paddlefish in the state.
Paddle fish are one of the most unique fish in Oklahoma. The Paddlefish Research Center was established by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to collect vital biological data for the management of this species. Anglers can bring their fish to this center, the staff will clean it for free, fillet it and return it in vacuum-sealed bags. The research staff then collects information such as trapping location, gender, weight, length and other important biological data.
They also collect the eggs that are made into caviar. The funds from the sale of the caviar flow directly back into the paddlefish management and contribute to the success of this valuable fisheries research in Oklahoma.
Fishing tips for fishing paddle fish:
- The fishing technique to catch them is to throw them into the water and lower the hook to the bottom.
- Then remove the hook in one sweeping motion, hoping to catch a fish.
- Slowly reel in the paddle fish and land the fish in the boat.
If you want to paddle fish in Oklahoma, get your Oklahoma fishing license online first.
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