Fish caught near Kansas City swam from Mississippi

A paddlefish’s lengthy trip from Mississippi ended when it was caught in the Missouri River near Kansas City.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says biologists caught, tagged and released the fish in Mississippi’s Moon Lake in March 2013. The fish was caught one year later near Levasy, Mo., about 17 miles east of Independence.

The fish was about 4.5 feet long and weighed a little more than 21 pounds – about 6 pounds less than when it was tagged in Mississippi.

Officials say another paddlefish tagged in Mississippi traveled even further up the Missouri River earlier to the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota.

Paddlefish have a spoon-like snout and feed by filtering plankton. They can grow to longer than 7 feet and weigh more than 160 pounds.