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Bowfin Coloration #12656702
03/03/18 07:36 PM
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Was fishing Murvaul Friday and caught this bowfin. Had never seen this coloration before.



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https://vimeo.com/73372194

Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12656727
03/03/18 08:00 PM
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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.

Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12656763
03/03/18 09:04 PM
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I hear they have very sharp Teeth!Is that true?

Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12656771
03/03/18 09:12 PM
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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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Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12657122
03/04/18 03:00 AM
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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.


Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12657185
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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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Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12657670
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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.

Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12657947
03/04/18 09:32 PM
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Caught this one on Monticello a few years ago, it's their spawning colors.


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Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: Fishbonz] #12658625
03/05/18 12:19 PM
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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.

Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12659075
03/05/18 04:46 PM
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All I've caught were the 'usual' brownish green. They're certainly tackle-busters, though.


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Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12659464
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Caught this one a few weeks ago


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Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12659510
03/05/18 08:36 PM
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Drew Price Fly Fishing: May 2013
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Jeremy with a nicely colored male bowfin! His first and on a fly!

From another source: Fins become bright green in breeding males

Last edited by lconn4; 03/05/18 08:46 PM.

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Re: Bowfin Coloration [Re: lconn4] #12659603
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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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