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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default My daughter cought this monster fish

I don't fish much, except with my kids. My dad tells me this is a dogfish.
We through it back in.



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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Bowfin?

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:28 AM   #3
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its fugly, thats what it is.
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should have killed it there junk fish. they eat an kill at lot of good eating fish
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[QUOTE=amc78cj7;3462345]Bowfin?

Yes, bowfin, colloquially called dogfish, I believe. Probably about 2 1/2' long or more. They give a pretty good fight.
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Bowfin?

Yes, bowfin, colloquially called dogfish, I believe. Probably about 2 1/2' long or more. They give a pretty good fight.
X2. Till you stomp the life out of them, cut them up, and use as catfish bait.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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Lol that's what I do. Bait for other species

They choke up my pond and eat up all the better game fish
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From what I have heard and experienced they are not all that common to catch on a line and the do fight pretty hard.
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From what I have heard and experienced they are not all that common to catch on a line and the do fight pretty hard.
Cody, you pretty much need to specifically be fishing for them to catch them most of the time. I didn't say impossible, just unlikely from my experience with them.

If their population stays in check, they aren't usually that big of a problem.

A lot of people confuse them with snakehead, which is a true trash fish. Invasive species, very aggressive. A bowfin doesn't seem particularly aggressive until you hook it, or otherwise aggravate it.
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If you catch one in the future, kill it don't throw it back especially if you catch a huge one in a smaller lake
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I caught one of those up at Black Lake, it was right next to shore and I had to try for it to bite my hook. Had to try because I had never caught a fish that big.
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http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7...2030--,00.html

The bowfin family, or Amiidae, dates back to the Jurassic period and was once distributed across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Today the family consists of only one living species, the bowfin. Lost from all other continents, the bowfin's current range is limited to North America from the Mississippi River east through the St. Lawrence drainage, south from Texas to Florida, and it's common throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

The bowfin is also known as the dogfish, grindle, mudfish, cypress trout, lake lawyer and beaverfish and is common in deep waters associated with weed beds in warm water lakes and rivers. It feeds in shallow weeds, typically on other fish and crayfish.

Bowfins typically reproduce when the water warms to past 61 degrees in the spring. Males remove vegetation on sandy or gravely bottoms and one or more females deposit up to 5,000 eggs into a nest. The males will guard the fertilized eggs until the young reach about four inches in length.

A primitive fish, it retains a lung-like gas bladder and can gulp and breathe air. It is said to be able to live out of water for up to 24 hours. This trait allows the bowfin to survive buried in the mud during drought conditions.

The bowfin is considered a voracious predator as it prowls shallow weedbeds. They were previously thought to be detrimental to game fish populations but they are now considered valuable for controlling rough fish and stunted game fish. Therefore as an important native Michigan species, the bowfin should not be needlessly harassed or killed.
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The bowfin family, or Amiidae, dates back to the Jurassic period and was once distributed across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Today the family consists of only one living species, the bowfin. Lost from all other continents, the bowfin's current range is limited to North America from the Mississippi River east through the St. Lawrence drainage, south from Texas to Florida, and it's common throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

The bowfin is also known as the dogfish, grindle, mudfish, cypress trout, lake lawyer and beaverfish and is common in deep waters associated with weed beds in warm water lakes and rivers. It feeds in shallow weeds, typically on other fish and crayfish.

Bowfins typically reproduce when the water warms to past 61 degrees in the spring. Males remove vegetation on sandy or gravely bottoms and one or more females deposit up to 5,000 eggs into a nest. The males will guard the fertilized eggs until the young reach about four inches in length.

A primitive fish, it retains a lung-like gas bladder and can gulp and breathe air. It is said to be able to live out of water for up to 24 hours. This trait allows the bowfin to survive buried in the mud during drought conditions.

The bowfin is considered a voracious predator as it prowls shallow weedbeds. They were previously thought to be detrimental to game fish populations but they are now considered valuable for controlling rough fish and stunted game fish. Therefore as an important native Michigan species, the bowfin should not be needlessly harassed or killed.


They make great bullhead bait
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The bowfin family, or Amiidae, dates back to the Jurassic period and was once distributed across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Today the family consists of only one living species, the bowfin. Lost from all other continents, the bowfin's current range is limited to North America from the Mississippi River east through the St. Lawrence drainage, south from Texas to Florida, and it's common throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

The bowfin is also known as the dogfish, grindle, mudfish, cypress trout, lake lawyer and beaverfish and is common in deep waters associated with weed beds in warm water lakes and rivers. It feeds in shallow weeds, typically on other fish and crayfish.

Bowfins typically reproduce when the water warms to past 61 degrees in the spring. Males remove vegetation on sandy or gravely bottoms and one or more females deposit up to 5,000 eggs into a nest. The males will guard the fertilized eggs until the young reach about four inches in length.

A primitive fish, it retains a lung-like gas bladder and can gulp and breathe air. It is said to be able to live out of water for up to 24 hours. This trait allows the bowfin to survive buried in the mud during drought conditions.

The bowfin is considered a voracious predator as it prowls shallow weedbeds. They were previously thought to be detrimental to game fish populations but they are now considered valuable for controlling rough fish and stunted game fish. Therefore as an important native Michigan species, the bowfin should not be needlessly harassed or killed.
Thanks. That's what I pretty much found out browsing google and some fishing forums.

Don't kill them. They are native to Michigan waters. Yes, they are aggressive, but so is Bass.

My daughter cought it with a worm. Nothing else was biting, after she cought that, we knew why there were no other fish nearby.
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They make great bullhead bait
I'm glad you are a wildlife expert, I will take your advice.
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I'm glad you are a wildlife expert, I will take your advice.
Never claimed to be an expert just stating my .02
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