Bowfin????

Andrew Siegel

What kind of fish are these guys? I see a bunch of them on this site. Are they a native fish or a invasive species? I have never come across one in NJ. Are they strictly southern fish? How do you fish for them lures, bait, ect.? Are they night feeders like catfish or can you catch them durng the day time? Thanks to anyone who has some info.

Posted by Andrew Siegel created over 7 years ago - last updated over 7 years ago
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John Wright

bowfin are a species of there own there not related to any other fish yes they are native fish and they'll bite any thing a bass will bite and more i had one bite me on the left arse cheek when i was wading lol some of these guys on here can give you more info.check chad looney,loonicidal,and bowfin69's reports they have bowfin posted that were caught in jersey.we fish for them because there monster fighters worth the time to go get you one or 12

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Andrew Siegel

thanks for the info john.

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John Wright

any time those guys in durham can give you the encyclapedia version of info on them

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Joe A

Check out www.bowfinanglers.com for all the info you could ever need about Bowfin.

Posted by Joe A Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Joe Pych

Check out the bowfin fishing report on this site.  Lots of great info from master fishermen.

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LOONACIDAL L

Bowfin were actually introduced to NJ. Not  exactly sure when but it  was over 20 years ago.

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Central Jersey Loonacy

largemouth bass are just overgrown, nonnative to NJ southern sunfish; so they are a junkfish, too (unless caught on the fly)

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LOONACIDAL L

Gloryfied sunny+introduction to NJ=Largemouth Bass

Posted by LOONACIDAL L Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Henry V

Maybe introduced to some parts of NJ, but not the Delaware Basin - they have been native there for millions of years.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

LOONACIDAL L

NJ Fish and Game has them listed as non-native.I am not sure why but I like to know these things.I will keep digging but if you have a link hit me up.

Posted by LOONACIDAL L Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Henry V

Yep, they sure do list em as non native. Weird. I know lakes in the NW corner of the state where people were catching them for decades. The Bowfin is also caught from Port Jervis NY to Philly/Trenton on the Delaware as well as various tributaries. In fact, it native range is east of the Mississippi, but it is more common in some areas than others. For example, it's everywhere in Lake Champlain, but uncommon in nearby New Hampshire.

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