Sidney bowfisherman sets new paddlefish world record

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Steve Harris Jr. of Sidney holds up a paddlefish taken with bowfishing gear on June 8. The paddlefish has been recognized by the American Bowfishing Association as the new world record with a weight of 92 pounds.

Provided Tom Kuglin

It had been a tough season for paddlefish in Eastern Montana when on June 8 Sidney resident Steve Harris Jr. packed his archery gear to the Yellowstone River.

Harris is an avid outdoorsman whether fishing, hunting or searching for agates, and paddlefish have been a longtime passion, he said, with a streak of catching at least one per year stretching back 30 years. In the past his haul often totaled four per season between Montana and North Dakota.

“They’re just a blast to fish for especially when you get good runoff,” he said in an interview Tuesday.

Steve Harris Jr. of Sidney holds up his bowfishing world record 92-pound paddlefish taken on June 8.

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