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#12816628 - 07/04/18 07:43 PM Any Bowfin in/near DFW?
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Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 307
Loc: DFW
Been looking around for some time for reliable Bowfin waters, have seen them as an incidental catch in places like Ray Hubbard when fishing for bass/catfish but would like to know whereabouts I could hook one at least somewhat consistently. Any tips would certainly help, AFAIK they're a bit rarer here than they are in the Red, Sabine, and San Jacinto Rivers but still present.
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#12821835 - 07/09/18 04:07 PM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: TXMulti-Species]
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Registered: 04/16/09
Posts: 2063
Loc: Dallas, Tx
I have only caught the accidentally while catfish like you mentioned. That on Ray Hubbard. Have never heard of anyone catching them consistently.
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#12822005 - 07/09/18 06:26 PM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: TXMulti-Species]
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Registered: 03/09/15
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Loc: Texas
We have them all over the NW cove up above the 2495 bridge on Lake Athens. I have never been out and not seen them rolling up. They are bimodal breathers and surface often. They seem much more casual than other fish species, seem to be totally unconcerned by me in a kayak or canoe. I could reach out and pet them on the dorsal fin.

And, while I think I have hooked them, I have never landed one. The last 3 or so times I have been out, something has grabbed my line, run off with extreme power, then wrap me up in American Lotus stems where they can then break off the hook. It could be catfish . . . I never made visual contact with whatever it is.

Anyway, if you know how to target bowfin, this'd be one target lake! If you decide to give it a go, let me know and I'll send you an aerial and show you exactly where I see them.


Brad

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#12822044 - 07/09/18 06:55 PM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: TXMulti-Species]
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Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 307
Loc: DFW
Gar and Bowfin are both pretty relaxed by nature it seems. Maybe all those teeth make you a bit less concerned about anything going after you? I've been to Athens, but it's a bit far. If I were to fish it, Bowfin wouldn't be the highest fish on my list but I'll definitely keep it in mind! Thanks!
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New to angling. Catch and release. The dream - to catch at least one of every species in our great state (if I can manage to resist carp)!
https://txmultispecies.imgur.com/

PB Common - 20lb 6oz
PB Ghost - 13lb 9oz
PB Koi - 9lb
PB Smallmouth Buffalo - 28lb 12oz

"Take only memories, leave only footprints, kill only time."

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#12822132 - 07/09/18 08:03 PM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: TXMulti-Species]
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Registered: 06/12/17
Posts: 279
Loc: cedar hill tx.
45 year,,I have caught 1 or 2 bow fin , gar , 2 or 4 of several species [ acccedental ,when fishing for MYtarget fish
TO target one fish you have to weed thru a lot of bycatch.Good luck on your wish list.

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#12822307 - 07/09/18 09:52 PM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: sae]
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Registered: 11/01/17
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Loc: DFW
Thanks, Sae. It's not gonna be an easy task, that's for sure.
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New to angling. Catch and release. The dream - to catch at least one of every species in our great state (if I can manage to resist carp)!
https://txmultispecies.imgur.com/

PB Common - 20lb 6oz
PB Ghost - 13lb 9oz
PB Koi - 9lb
PB Smallmouth Buffalo - 28lb 12oz

"Take only memories, leave only footprints, kill only time."

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#12822425 - 07/10/18 05:35 AM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: TXMulti-Species]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1897
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: TXMulti-Species
Gar and Bowfin are both pretty relaxed by nature it seems. Maybe all those teeth make you a bit less concerned about anything going after you? I've been to Athens, but it's a bit far. If I were to fish it, Bowfin wouldn't be the highest fish on my list but I'll definitely keep it in mind! Thanks!


I decided to read about what I need to do to actually target Bowfin, looks like one really good option is to use live bait, one article mentioning a bluegill under a bobber works great. The article suggested 30 lbs. braid or larger.

The article went on to describe the nature of the fight, that hooking a bowfin is like snagging the bumper of a fast moving car. It also mentioned the part about Bowfin running down and using objects like roots, etc. to break off the line. It just makes me feel more certain that with all of these incidents, several within the last week alone, that this is likely what is grabbing my line, not catfish.

10 lbs. braid with an 8 lbs. fluoro leader with a wire hook? I'm under-equipped.

I may try to get out this week and if I catch one, I take a pic and publish it.

Brad

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#12822673 - 07/10/18 09:46 AM Re: Any Bowfin in/near DFW? [Re: TXMulti-Species]
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Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 307
Loc: DFW
Looking forward to your post! From what I hear, they're super addicting to catch.
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New to angling. Catch and release. The dream - to catch at least one of every species in our great state (if I can manage to resist carp)!
https://txmultispecies.imgur.com/

PB Common - 20lb 6oz
PB Ghost - 13lb 9oz
PB Koi - 9lb
PB Smallmouth Buffalo - 28lb 12oz

"Take only memories, leave only footprints, kill only time."

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