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Post Posted: 11:01pm - Jul 14,10 
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Launched at Chain O lakes State Park about 7:30am. Using electric trolling motor only, headed immediately up to the river. Trolled and casted for 3 hours, nothing. Headed back down the river decided to throw a worm against the reeds. Hooked into what I first thought was a BIG walleye. Turned out to be a 3 or 4lb bowfin. Nasty teeth! :shock Returned it to the water unharmed, should I? Same area, next cast was with a Gulp leech. Hooked 14 inch largemouth. That was it. Off the water by 12:30.

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Post Posted: 01:59am - Jul 15,10 
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Nothing wrong with returning a Bowfin unharmed to the waters it was caught in. As long as you didn't confuse it with a Snakehead.

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Post Posted: 06:52am - Jul 15,10 
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would have liked to see a picture, what is the Bowfin?

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Post Posted: 08:43am - Jul 26,10 
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digitalbluecat wrote:
would have liked to see a picture, what is the Bowfin?


Same as a dogfish.

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Post Posted: 09:00am - Jul 26,10 
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tinyfisher wrote:
digitalbluecat wrote:
would have liked to see a picture, what is the Bowfin?


Same as a dogfish.


If that's true, then they've been around these parts for many, many years. I remember my dad and his buddy seining a small local river/large creek to get them out of there. I was close to 10-12 years old then, I'm 50 now.

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Post Posted: 06:05am - Jul 27,10 
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Popeye wrote:
tinyfisher wrote:
digitalbluecat wrote:
would have liked to see a picture, what is the Bowfin?


Same as a dogfish.


If that's true, then they've been around these parts for many, many years. I remember my dad and his buddy seining a small local river/large creek to get them out of there. I was close to 10-12 years old then, I'm 50 now.

Pretty sure they're one of the earliest bony fish species, so they've been around. They're native, also, so I agree with returning them to the water. I guess for me that applies to all fish, though...if they're not heading to the table, they go back into the lake. I don't like the idea of tossing fish on the shore to rot. Except gobies, which don't count.

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