just wondering if anyone near central Ohio has ever caught a bowfin near Columbus. Just intrigued by these fish and would like to catch one. Any tips/tricks would be nice. Thank you.
I agree with a lot of what you said but pike taste pretty good, prefer it over bass. Dog fish flesh is mushy.The portage River is full of them . They hit like a freight train. Go up river and get shallow, a swamp fish. They'll hit anything a bass will. I've seen them as big as 3 feet! My best is 26" and I don't fish for them. They are mean !!! Pike and Musky can't compare.
Called a Sunshine bass in lower LA. by Cajuns. I know a guy that will eat anything and he said he didn't care to eat another. Yellow meat like pike.
Seem to be a warm water fish. Pull harder then anything I've caught in Ohio , pound for pound. Mouth as big as their body. Eat anything including baby ducks. Very hard to get their mouth open to get a lure out, and will bite you. Luckily they don't have teeth like a pike. And you better have stout equipment. My biggest Carp is 42" and it just lumbered along. A 42" Bowfin would take your rod away from you and beat you with it ! They jump, usually on hook up, tail walk, and bulldog. If they weren't so ugly more people would fish for them.
Yea, I've caught my share of them at Reelfoot! They're definitely vicious and you dont want to get your hands too close to their mouths! We never did eat any though!Lol. Cleon mentioned they don't have teeth like pike....he's right they're bigger. A good ol.boy in Tennessee cooked some up for me once....wasn't to bad....
I had one mangle the skin on my thumb up pretty good about 3 years ago. I was just trying to unhook it and it struck at me a lot like a snapping turtle would! Then he didn't want to let go of me either, till I changed his mind with a rock. Thumb swelled up for a few days after lol nasty. They don't really have long teeth like pike, there just a bit longer than a catfish but when they get ahold they bite down hard and start writhing and doing the death role. I have caught quite a few over the years but that one was straight wicked! Be careful! LolYea, I've caught my share of them at Reelfoot! They're definitely vicious and you dont want to get your hands too close to their mouths! We never did eat any though!