Paddlefish program at North Mississippi Fish Hatchery


When it comes to odd-looking fish, they don’t get much stranger than the paddlefish.

Its name comes from a distinctive snout, which is elongated and flattened, forming a paddle shape. Also known by many anglers as a spoonbill, this primitive fish is one of the largest freshwater fishes, reaching lengths in excess of six feet and weights of more than 200 pounds.

On Saturday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m., Justin Wilkens, Manager of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, will present a program about paddlefish. He will explain how and why hatcheries culture this species.

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is one of the primary paddlefish producers in Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center is part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and is located off I-55 at Enid Exit 233 east.

This program is free with the price of admission. For more information about this program, and future events, call 662-563-8068 or visit the NMFH website at

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