Snakehead vs Bowfin

Henry V

This is posted specifically for DELMARVA anglers, but everyone else might be interested.

The Maryland DNR is offering a bounty to anglers who catch and kill invasive Snakehead fish. As some of you know, Snakeheads are a menace to most other species.

The problem is that some misinformed anglers will almost certainly mistake the native -and necessary - Bowfin for snakeheads, and mistakenly kill Bowfins instead. This would be bad for native eco-systems. In addition, it is counter-productive, as Bowfin are one of the few formidable native predatory fish who can eat larger Snakeheads.

So spread the word: Snakehead no, Bowfin yes!

here is a link to the bounty story:

Posted by Henry V Elite Member created over 9 years ago - last updated over 9 years ago
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Henry V

There is an easy way to tell the difference between the two fish., by the way.

Snakehead has a very long anal fin as well as a long dorsal fin.

Bowfin only has a long dorsal fin. Its anal fin is very short.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Ever Aguilar

i read about this, i heard that they are giving 200 doller gift cards to bass pro shops to those that catch the evasive snake heads. let the hunt began for all those maryland fishers.

Posted by Ever Aguilar Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

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