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Bowfin #13566725 05/21/20 09:13 PM
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It is not many fish I have not caught in my years of fishing . While watching a few fishing videos I have learned about a fish called a Bowfin. Can anyone give me some info on these fish. Anywhere i can catch them what is a good bait for them?

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Re: Bowfin [Re: RL.Houston] #13567026 05/22/20 01:55 AM
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Bowfin are a prehistoric looking fish found in east Texas. Lake O the Pines and Caddo lake would be a good place to start. They are aggressive predators and will hit lures and live bait.

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Bowfin they are prehistoric I worked on a pond one year, as it went dry i would scoop out the bottom with a box blade. I did this to all the pond but one spot,and that spot went dry but not enough for me to clean it out with the tractor. It started to rain and fill up my pond. Now I could stock it with bait perch or what ever I wanted. After the rain quit and about 2 weeks went by I walked out to my pond and to my suprise there was a black pod of baby fish swimming around in that clean pond and under that bunch of babies was their mom a Bowfin. After I looked it up I knew why,a Bowfin when the water goes dry can cover themselves in mud and can live in that mud until the next rain. A Shotgun blast took care of the Fry and the mother bowfin.

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I caught more bowfin than I did bass when I went to fork last in the spring. (Not hard, only caught 3 bass.) We call em grinnel. I suppose it is the same fish as a bowfin.

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Bowfin (Amia calva) have different common names depending on the area of the country. They are commonly called grinnel, mud fish, dogfish, choupique, cypress trout, cotton fish, brindle, blackfish, and Lots of other names locally. They are also sometimes called snakeheads, although snakeheads are a different invasive species.

As a side note, they get really mad when you shock them from an electrofishing boat. roflmao

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Originally Posted by jippedgenes
I caught more bowfin than I did bass when I went to fork last in the spring. (Not hard, only caught 3 bass.) We call em grinnel. I suppose it is the same fish as a bowfin.


I was going to suggest Fork as well. I dont fish Fork very often, maybe 1 time every 2-3 years and I've caught bowfin almost every time.

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They are also in the Sabine River, usually in the back water sloughs. Just FYI, they fight like crazy and can tear up lightweight gear. The biggest one I have caught was at Lone Star Lake.

Re: Bowfin [Re: RL.Houston] #13568425 05/23/20 03:21 AM
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Navasota River, Lake Limestone, and private ponds & sleughs are a few places. If you clean them, there meat works like Gator Gar. It is chewy & tastes similar to shrimp, just like Gator Gar. But do not cut the meat into small pieces, until ready to fry or it will basically dissapate in the water. Always freeze in water in ziplocs, in big strips.


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I have caught a lot of these at lake fork also called grinnel or mudfish in the backs of coves while using shiners for bait they fight like crazy but if you catch one dont try to lip it ouch they bite hard lol

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