Paddlefish Research Center
Miami, OK 74354
The Paddlefish Research Center, located near Twin Bridges Area at Grand Lake State Park in Miami, is open each spring to process paddlefish for visiting anglers. Fish for paddlefish in the rivers and lakes of northeast Oklahoma and bring your live paddlefish to the center to get your fish cleaned for free. The Paddlefish Research Center in return keeps the roe (eggs) that are subsequently processed into caviar. Funds derived from this program help finance projects such as improved fishing access, paddlefish management, angler education and more.
Anglers must have a valid fishing license and paddlefish permit. The fish also must be legibly tagged with the angler's paddlefish permit number and must be brought in alive; no dead fish will be accepted. Once at the processing center, anglers will be given a plastic tag for each fish. Have your tag available when picking up your fillets, which must be picked up within 24 hours.
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-44, US-69
On-site Activities: Fishing
Open in early spring, generally March-April.
Learn how to reel in Oklahoma’s most unique fish, the paddlefish, and discover how you can help paddlefish research in the state through Oklahoma’s caviar industry.