How to Catch Paddlefish

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a paddlefish, you’re in for an adventure. This unique fish is found in deep bodies of water and requires a combination of specialty gear and patience.

Whether you’re a first-time angler or an experienced pro, here is a short guide on how to catch paddlefish.

The Gear You Need

The gear you need to catch paddlefish depends on the type of fishing you plan to do.

If you are fishing from shore, you will need at least two rods – one with live bait and one with either treble hooks attached or an umbrella rig (a device made up of multiple lures designed to spread out the presentation).

For boat fishing, use at least two rods with treble hooks attached or an umbrella rig. You will also want a landing net and heavy-duty gloves for handling the large fish safely once they are landed.

Where to Find Paddlefish

Paddlefish can be found in deep reservoirs like Lake Oahe in South Dakota or Lake Texoma in Oklahoma.

Look for deeper areas close to spawning grounds that have plenty of food sources such as shad, carp, and other small fish. Cast your line near structures like river channels or rock piles that provide cover for the fish.

How to Catch Paddlefish

Once you have located an area that looks promising for catching paddlefish, it’s time to start fishing! The best way to get them on your line is by using live bait such as minnows, worms, or crayfish rigged onto treble hooks attached to your lines.

Alternatively, try using an umbrella rig with lures designed specifically for paddle fishing – these rigs create more surface area than single lures and attract more attention from passing fish.

Keep your rod tips down while slowly trolling so that your baits move through the water column – this will help draw the attention of any nearby paddlefish.

If nothing bites after 10 minutes or so, move on to another spot until something takes your bait! Once a paddlefish takes your line be sure to stay alert as they can put up quite a battle when hooked!


Catching paddlefish is not only challenging but rewarding too! This unique species can be caught using both traditional methods and modern techniques – just make sure you have all the right gear and know where to look before setting off on your next fishing trip!

With patience and practice, anyone can learn how to catch these elusive creatures – good luck out there!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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