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#12656702 - 03/03/18 01:36 PM Bowfin Coloration
lconn4 Offline
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Was fishing Murvaul Friday and caught this bowfin. Had never seen this coloration before.

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#12656727 - 03/03/18 02:00 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
jippedgenes Offline
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I caught one at Fork a couple years ago in march and it had blueish fins and blue belly. This is the only one I have ever seen so I thought they were all that way.

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#12656763 - 03/03/18 03:04 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
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I hear they have very sharp Teeth!Is that true?

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#12656771 - 03/03/18 03:12 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
lconn4 Offline
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They look sharp but I've never stuck a finger in there to verify. Had one escape as it bit a hole through rubber fish net once, had one bite a spinner bait in two, had one 30 years ago that stunk so bad I swore I'd never boat one again. Haven't ever smelled one like the first one as I'm always sniffing them when I catch them now. roflmao
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#12657122 - 03/03/18 09:00 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
Scoundrel Offline
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That is cool looking. I have seen some with the iridescent blues but nothing like that. Must be Irish getting ready for St Patrick’s Day.
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#12657185 - 03/03/18 09:55 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
lconn4 Offline
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I was wondering with all the dead vegetation in the lake from spraying for salvinia last year if that caused it. It was definitely in the area where the problem was worst.
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#12657670 - 03/04/18 11:21 AM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
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Originally Posted By: lconn4
I was wondering with all the dead vegetation in the lake from spraying for salvinia last year if that caused it. It was definitely in the area where the problem was worst.


I have seen a few caught, around spring time, I assume spawning time they tend to get the fluorescent green on their fins, or it is much more pronounced during the early spring and spawn.

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#12657947 - 03/04/18 03:32 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
Charlesg35 Offline
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Caught this one on Monticello a few years ago, it's their spawning colors.
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#12658625 - 03/05/18 06:19 AM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: Fishbonz]
BAIT956 Offline
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Registered: 02/27/03
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Loc: Lake Fork Tx.
They absolutely have very sharp teeth. Keep your fingers away from that mouth and use pliers to remove the hook. A net is also your best bet in landing them. They sometimes like to kick all over the boat and will find any open tackle boxes like radar.

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#12659075 - 03/05/18 10:46 AM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
Phototex Offline
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All I've caught were the 'usual' brownish green. They're certainly tackle-busters, though.
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#12659464 - 03/05/18 02:08 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
Bayou Burner Offline
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Loc: Chocolate Bayou/Lake Conroe

Caught this one a few weeks ago
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#12659510 - 03/05/18 02:36 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
lconn4 Offline
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Drew Price Fly Fishing: May 2013
Drew Price Fly Fishing
Jeremy with a nicely colored male bowfin! His first and on a fly!

From another source: Fins become bright green in breeding males


Edited by lconn4 (03/05/18 02:46 PM)
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#12659603 - 03/05/18 03:27 PM Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4]
pop r Offline
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Loc: Dallas,& Freestone counties
coolphotos They should do fight good. You will think you have a new state record bass till you see it. Thanks for sharing.

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