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Crystal Lake residents are in a paddlefish predicament

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By John Foster

Since March, 1,000 prehistoric-looking fish have been trolling through Crystal Lake with their huge mouths open, filtering plankton through feather-like screens. They’re called paddlefish for their paddle-shaped snout, which composes about a third of their body length. They’re native to the Mississippi River watershed, but have never been stocked in Crystal Lake before.  Although they’re not much more than a foot long now, during the next 10 years they will grow to more than 5 feet long and more than 60 pounds.


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