I caught this bowfin yesterday in CT on a cove on the CT river. I was targeting pike and then pulled this monster in. I have never seen or caught one before yet ended up pulling 3 more through the ice. I thought you guys might want to check out the pic.
Corey P, 01/26/13
Bill J caught this guy in the Wethersfield Cove (CT river).
Ron H, 08/31/10
I caught this fish last night in the CT river in Springfield MASS. Are they suppost to be in this area? Caught using raw shrimp around 8:00 p.m, with windy conditions.
Jonathan C, 09/28/09
I wanted to send this picture along to you. I live in Connecticut and frequently fish at Scovill reservoir in Wolcott, CT. I was fishing there today and caught this bowfin(picture attached). I spotted him about six or eight feet in front of me so I threw my Berkley Powerhawg at him. He instantly chomped it! He was definitely protecting his nest. Let me know what you think. I didn't have my scale with me, but he was around 20 inches.
My brother and I caught three 5.5 pounders last year
in a swampy corner of Scovill Reservoir last year around this time. So, of course I had to go
back this year. If there's any other info you might need, please let me know. P.S. I did
throw him back after the pic was taken.
February 2007, Loc'n Unknown
After spending a few hours biding my time with only a few perch and b@$$ in 6-8 ft of water near a weedline. Finally, my tip-up with the the big 5" shiner flys and I'm thinking "Oh boy, here's that toothy critter I'm looking for!" After a good 40 foot run-off it finally stops, I set the hook, and I'm thinking that with the fight in this fish, this has to be a good pike. 2 good runs later and a toothy critter's head pops thru the hole, only it's not a northern Pike, it is a beautifully colored bowfin. What an amazing looking fish, green fins, and amazing markings on the tail. After snapping a few pics with my camera phone (I forgot my digital at home, D'OH) the fish was released to fight another day. Not much of a report, but I knew the people at BAG would appreciate the beauty of this fish.
Jeff C, 02/03/07
I iced this fish in Connecticut, in a small piece of backwater off of the Connecticut River, just north of Hartford. The fish was caught in 4 feet of water on the outside of a weedline. It was caught on a 5" Golden Pond Shiner suspended 12" off of the bottom.
The fish hit at first light, just as the sun was coming up. I also iced one 10 minutes after. The second fish was a little smaller that went about 4 lbs. I did not get a picture of that fish, though the second one was really gold and had bright green fins.
These fish were taking line really fast off of the tip ups. Once I stuck them and set the hook, they went nuts, changing directions many times, and making long powerful runs. A really nice suprise!! They definitely fight as good as, if not better, than a "Large" Northern Pike. I have attached the only picture we took.
I look forward to seeing this report on your site. You guys have a great site and a lot of informative information.
Tom G (TBONE - ctfisherman.com), 01/29/07