- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man has set a new state record by catching a 131-pound paddlefish.

Grant Werkmeister snagged the fish on May 7 about 20 miles southwest of Williston near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says Werkmeister’s 71-inch paddlefish is the heaviest fish caught in North Dakota. It breaks the previous record of 130 pounds set in 2010.

North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season ran May 1-13.

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