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#12006764 - 12/27/16 09:48 PM Bowfin
keener205 Offline

Registered: 02/20/13
Posts: 23
Anyone fish for these mean looking fish. I'm looking to try and boat some. Any help or how too tips will help. I'm located over by Taw I hear they are in fork so it's an easy drive to get there.

#12007028 - 12/28/16 08:19 AM Re: Bowfin [Re: keener205]
Freshwater Phil Offline

Registered: 01/10/13
Posts: 267
Loc: North of the Border
Not sure when their spawn occurs down South, but we generally find them in flooded grass about about 1 month after ice out when the water hits about 50 degrees. The are extremely aggressive and will attack anything you drop in front of them when they are staging to spawn, also have cool turquoise color pattern at that stage.

Caught this one last spring while crossing flooded vegetation in less than 6 inches of water, just came up on it and dropped the spinnerbait I was using for pike in front of it's nose.

PB common = 38.5 lbs
PB mirror = 22.5 lbs
PB musky = 52 inches (40 lb fatty)
PB blue cat = 59 lbs
PB lake sturgeon = 57 inches
PB alligator gar = 65 lbs

2015 big ones:

#12007094 - 12/28/16 08:54 AM Re: Bowfin [Re: keener205]
Fishbreeder Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 1307
Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Well, not on purpose, but they are among the coolest of fish.

They are ubiquitous in the aquatic environments of Texas, but the ones I've caught have been mostly in oxbows, creeks or rivers. I caught a lot more of them electrofishing than with a pole.

Most folks catch one of these accidentally while bass or crappie fishing. Most of the ones I've caught were in calm or even stagnant backwaters and along shorelines in spring.

Not sure if its the male or female, but if you happen upon a nest in shallow water, it'll jump out of the water right at you to try and scare you off. Which pretty much works if you're not expecting it.

Awesome fish. I saw a lady catch one in her backyard during a flood, it was on the news, she thought it was a redfish.

#12013701 - 01/01/17 12:16 AM Re: Bowfin [Re: keener205]
Scoundrel Offline

Registered: 01/05/13
Posts: 413
Found a big one many years ago guarding a cloud of babies about 1.5 inches, at first it looked like black baby catfish cloud. Was able to scoop up a couple and kept them in a small aquarium with some guppies which they killed pretty quickly. Cool looking fish. Have caught them in several East Tx lakes mostly on spinnerbaits.

#12014960 - 01/01/17 07:01 PM Re: Bowfin [Re: keener205]
keener205 Offline

Registered: 02/20/13
Posts: 23
Cool. Does anyone target them on any lakes in east Texas. If so what's the best way and when and how to get them.


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