Caddo Lake Institute

The Paddlefish Experiment

Press Coverage

In 2014 and 2016, Caddo Lake Institute, wildlife officials and other partners released paddlefish into Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou as part of an experiment. At each release, we invited a small number of press to join us. A sampling of the resulting stories and videos are below.

March 2014 Release / September 2014 Release / May 2016 Release

March 2014 Release News Stories, Blogs and Videos:

  • ABC News blog - "Prehistoric Paddlefish Makes Return to Texas Lake", March 6, 2014
  • Associated Press article - "Texas Lake Welcomes Back Paddlefish, Gone for Years", March 5, 2014 (This story was picked up by over 150 news outlets across the country.)
  • Fox News-Dallas video story
  • Marshall News-Messenger article and video - "Ebb and Flow: Paddlefish Reintroduced to Caddo Lake", March 6, 2014
  • Longview CBS affiliate news story - "Prehistoric Fish is Reintroduced to an Old Home", March 6, 2014
  • Red River Radio article and audio story - "Dinosaur Era Paddlefish Once Again Inhabit Caddo Lake", March 6, 2014
  • RFD-TV's show "Out on the Land" episode about the paddlefish project - "Paddlefish Returned to Caddo Lake" (Season 3, Episode 39) and a follow up - "East Texas Ranch" (Season 5, Episode 53)
  • Shreveport Times article - "Prehistoric Paddlefish Released into Caddo Lake", March 18, 2014
  • Tyler Morning Telegraph article - "Project Attempts to Bring Back Fish", March 6, 2014
  • Tyler Morning Telegraph article - "Paddling Upstream: Cooperative Effort Helping Bring PLongview News-Journal video of the paddlefish release.


Texas Parks and Wildlife TV's paddlefish segement.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department video of the paddlefish release.

Nature Conservancy video of the paddlefish release.

September 2014 Release News Stories and Videos:

  • CBS-DFW article (from Associated Press wire) - "Rare Paddlefish BeingStocked at East Texas Lake", September 23, 2014
  • Marshall News-Messenger/Longview News-Journal article - "Aobut 2,000 Paddlefish Released into Caddo Lake", September 24, 2014


Video of the September release by Michael Gannon, The Collins Academy.


Marshall News Messenger video story, September 23, 2014.

May 2016 Release News Stories and Videos:

  • May 25, 2016, Shreveport Times - "Paddlefish Released into Caddo Lake"
  • May 18, 2016, KTAL News - "Paddlefish Released in East Texas Waters"
  • May 18, 2016, Longview News-Journal - "Release of 31 Paddlefish to Help Guage Habitat Health at Big Cypress"
  • February 6, 2016, Marshall News Messenger - "Residents Hear Update on Paddlefish Project During World Wetlands Day"


US Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District video story, May 25, 2016.

For more information, please visit our Paddflefish Experiment project webpage.

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