• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
wildcatcreek

First Bowfin

Recommended Posts

At least I think it's a bowfin. I've never seen one except on here. My buddy reeled this in yesterday. Weighed right around 4 lbs.HPIM1030.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

that thing is a chunk for its length.

has the genetics to be a monster, hope you let it swim.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice fish!

A friend of mine has been seeing quiet a few of these guys up shallow spawning, he however is trying his hardest to stick an arrow in them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I run into a decent amount of Bowfin up at my cabin, that seems to be the only place I catch em. They put up a heck of a fight! A lot of people hate catching them, but I like it. Besides the fact that they can wreck a lot of lures and bend a lot of hooks with their strong bite. If you catch one on a lure with multiple treble hooks, it's not a good idea to net it. They roll when they get in the boat and the trebles get all tangled in the net. I have spent 15 minutes trying to undo the mess, but I still like em.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice. You never forget your first...

so very true! i can still picture my first fin, tailwalking in the current. i have a big framed 8x10 picture of her with the spinner i caught her on hanging off the frame.

it was not even fishable after i landed her. she completely destroyed it!

that was the start of a life long love for bowfin laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We were in the shallows bass fishing this past weekend and saw one on the bottom. I told my buddy to cast to it and sure enough what we thought was a bass was a bowfin about that same size. It was neon green on its belly though. Wasn't a pleasant surprise for us!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We were in the shallows bass fishing this past weekend and saw one on the bottom. I told my buddy to cast to it and sure enough what we thought was a bass was a bowfin about that same size. It was neon green on its belly though. Wasn't a pleasant surprise for us!

that would be a spawning male, hope you let him go!

Bowfin definately need more respect than they get...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would love to target dogfish but haven't found any lakes close by with good populations of them - believe its tough to fish for them unless you got a bunch of them. Think in-fisherman did an article recommending using cutbait bluegills. Nice fish in the photo!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I talked to a gentleman on a local fishing pier the other day. He was getting quite a few, and he was telling me how delicious they are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ralph, bowfin are good eating, but they will make your kitchen smell a little funny.

also, bowfin eggs are often used as a subsitute for caviar! look up bowfin caviar on google images. its pretty crazy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've only seen a bowfin ONCE, it was caught by someone fishing off the launch on Linwood lake.

There are a number of lakes in the metro where the DNR has caught Bowfin in their surveys. Along with Shortnose gar, they seem to be one of the hardest fish to "target" because they are never a dominant predator species, much lower in population then say bass or northerns. Same goes with Gar which seem to be indengonus to the St Croix/ Mississippi/ Minnesota rivers and makes them even harder to target.

I've caught one sturgeon off the St Croix, a very small one- maybe 2lbs at best. To date this is the only "prehistoric" fish I have caught. The bowfin and gar still elude me.

I'd love to catch one sometime, just so it can be crossed off the list of fish I haven't caught. That would be a neat ambition- to catch every species of catchable fish that resides in Minnesota waters in a lifetime; however crazy of an ambition that would be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Crawlerman.....There are a number of us that keep photo lifelists of every species we catch. It is a non-traditional way of looking at fishing. I have dedicated my fishing to the hunt of new species but once you get up in numbers the targets get much tougher. It also depends on your location. You must travel to catch all the species.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes - keeping a "Lifelist" makes fishing more interesting - you get much better at identification and you develop a greater appreciation for all the different species. I, too, am trying to expand my Lifelist - luckily, I'm just really starting so I still have quite a number of fish to catch that are available in the metro area. Oddly enough, one of the fish I still haven't landed yet is the carp. So far this year I've added Silver Redhorse, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout (been fishing a little in the SE part of the state).

Dave

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • My slicer works well yet at 130 and it's not almost fully cooked.
    • Thanks for some of the tips. I will try it in the next couple of weeks when i have time. I have read to smoke till about 150 internal temp does it make a diffrence if it goes to 130 or 150?
    • that makes 2 of us. Not sure what the deal is but going back and looking at old posts its doing the same to those pics as well. and there were no issues with those prior.   maybe has to do with the site being down over the weekend and some changes were made? @Rick
    • Looks good to me rundrave.  Is it just me or my phone, but the pics are on roids and I need glasses to read what's typed all of a sudden...
    • I've done both wet and dry brines with much better results with the dry. As grainbelt stated you can mix up whatever sweetness you like. Here's a simple one but pretty good. Its ALL per pound of meat.   1- Tbsp of tenderquick  1.5 Tbsp brown sugar  1/4 tsp black pepper  1 tsp garlic powder ( optional) Mix all the spices together and coat the belly , depending on the size you might have to cut it in half,  this is when you do that and stuff em in two 2 gallon ziplocs.   You can add some maple syrup to the bags as well,flip them  every day for 6 or 7 days then rinse them off real well,  put them on a wire rack and place back in the fridge uncovered. Next day smoke , and like grainbelt said your target internal temp is around 130, let them cool off and wrap up in plastic wrap for the next day of slicing. It might sound a lot of steps but its not that bad, with great results!! Good luck.    
    • If anyone here is in the market for an electric smoker, give me an IM. I will soon be listing my MES 40 that has only been used 1 time. It is barely even seasoned!
    • Not yet, but I have been thinking of trying one....
    • I figure any fish that doesn't get into my boat was a wall-hanger for sure. 😀
    • I've never bought a car/truck over $15K, so yeah.  It would take a powerball jackpot before I was in the market for a dealer showroom boat.