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New North Dakota state record buffalo fish weighed more than 60 pounds; here is a photo of the behemoth

Buffalo are a native fish sometimes confused with nonnative and invasive common carp. Mitch Estabrook’s fish is the largest weighed in North Dakota that was not a paddlefish or pallid sturgeon.

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Mitch Estabrook of Bismarck with the record-setting 60-pound, 8-ounce buffalo fish he arrowed May 16, while bowfishing on Heart Butte Reservoir. The fish beat the previous record in the "buffalo species" category by 3 pounds.
Contributed / Scott Gangl, North Dakota Game and Fish Department
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BISMARCK – A bow fisherman from Bismarck has set a new North Dakota state record in the bowfishing/spearfishing category, the Game and Fish Department confirmed Monday.

Mitch Estabrook arrowed a 60-pound, 8-ounce buffalo from Heart Butte Reservoir on May 16. It broke the previous record by 3 pounds, taken at Heart Butte Reservoir in 2017 by Derek Larson of Mandan.

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The team of Michael Johnson and Brandon Pilon landed big-fish honors in the tournament, with a 22.98-pound catfish.

Buffalo are a native fish sometimes confused with nonnative and invasive common carp. North Dakota Game and Fish Department records indicate that Estabrook’s fish is the largest weighed in the state that was not a paddlefish or pallid sturgeon.

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