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Published August 06, 2013, 09:23 PM

Largest fish ever recorded in North Dakota weighing 130 lbs

During the famous shark week, you don't have to worry about any sharks swimming around North Dakota waters, but there are some giant fish found across the state. Game and Fish experts say there are one hundred different species of fish in North Dakota.

During the famous shark week, you don't have to worry about any sharks swimming around North Dakota waters, but there are some giant fish found across the state. Game and Fish experts say there are one hundred different species of fish in North Dakota. The largest fish ever recorded in the state is a 130 pound paddlefish. It was caught at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, about 20 miles southwest of Williston. Paddlefish, buffalo and sturgeon are some of the largest fish you will ever see in the state. Surprisingly, though, the biggest fish don't eat other fish, but are vegetarians.

Fish expert and Game and Fish division chief Greg Power says the "shark" of North Dakota would have to be the state fish, the northern pike because they are very predacious and eat a lot of fish. Although it's a rare occurance, Power says the creature that is most likely to take a bite out of a human near the water is actually a snapping turtle.

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