BOWFIN?

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by DeerMag, May 11, 2018.

  1. DeerMag

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    I know many guys look at them as a nusince fish... But I've heard they fight like tanks. Any recommendations as where to try for a Bowfin? I live in northern Macomb county.
     
  2. Jeffish74

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    Brandenburg park in new Baltimore. Might have to wait for the water to warm up.
     
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  3. mjh4

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    Try shallow muddy areas with weeds or mouths of slow moving rivers they like shallow dark bottom areas around cover to ambush prey. They are pretty vicious and will eat about anything I've caught bluegill off my dock only to have them ripped off my line by dogfish I know a few people that fish for them use perch or small gills for bait just make sure to use a steel leader.


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  4. addictivefishing12345

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    Canals on Lake St. Clair. Bowfin are very funny fish not many people give them the credit they deserve they fight hard can be difficult to catch sometimes and are a cool fish in general.
     
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  5. sureshot006

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    Don't mind incidental catches but never thought they fought all that well. Avg for their size I'd say. They do hit just about everything. I've caught a lot on mepps spinners, crawler harnesses and fresh caught dink panfish.
     
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  6. stickman1978

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    We caught them in Florida with cooked hot dog under a bobber.
     
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  7. docman90

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    Nice. I wish I could catch more over here in the GR area but I have not seen any over here ever. Just herd people talking about catching them.
     
  8. Zib

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    Of the hundreds of bowfin I've unintentionally caught over the past 25+ years, 95% were caught on a white spinner bait.
     
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    They do fight like a tank, more like a big catfish with a long fight. Caught one last summer at Pontiac lake right in about 10ft of water at weed edge. It was fun, but a scary fish to try and grab lol
     
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  11. Perferator

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    That would be the LAST thing I would do. :lol:
     
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    Thumbing one would be dumb. Even dumber would be trying to fillet one.
     
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  13. Perferator

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    Best thing to do is remove them from the lake.
     
  14. jrose

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    I hear people say this from time to time, what would be the purpose of removing all the bowfin?
     
  15. mjh4

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    They also said remove all snakeheads when they were caught in the Potomac river a few years back (mandatory kill) now they can be released back live after realizing they have had no effect on game fishing and they were studied closely in that river system. Dogfish are somewhat similar just not as viscous as snakeheads. But having them in a lake as a predator is a good thing especially in lakes that have stunted fish.



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