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BOWFIN

Fishing for Bowfin

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Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Ice fishing, Spearfishing


Fighting so hard that your knuckles hurt, bowfin are a freshwater species known for spectacular action across the United States and Canada.

It is a freshwater species notorious in the fish food chain as an angry predator, chasing anything they can get their chompers on.

They like to stalk their prey, making bigger prey fish, a nice pan fish, or trout for example much easier to attack. They also keep crawdads and crayfish levels in check, feasting on crawfish if it is available to them. Big spoons, lures or livebait will get their attention but a lethal pike-like streamer on a fly rod will also get their attention.

Adding to the legendary bowfish fight is the element of hazard. True, it comes with all types of fishing, fishing for these particular fish and you will be fighting with all sorts of trees, brush piles, floating limbs and what have you in their discommodious waterscape.

Be ready for a piercing attack followed by the two parties’ fast reactions to the hook-up: the fish zooming around hidden stumps, the angler bending with the fish's exuberant dance below.

A great challenge for the curious angler!

Basic Info


Scientific name: Amia calva

Size: 38 – 69 cm

Weight: 0.4 – 9.75 kg

Lifespan: 30 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Ice fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): North America