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Catfish caught in Ohio River Port Clinton

BAGman,
I caught this bowfin out off the Licking/Muskingum River (Zanesville, Ohio).
Austin B, 05/20/13

BAGman,
First time Bowfin catch in Ohio. My wife Dana in the Photo caught a 19 inch bowfin less than three feet from shore in the Chippewa Creek which connect to the Tuscawaras River. Can bowfin cross in shallow water of an inch or two? The creek that she caught the bowfin in has a wetland marsh about six feet away from it. The creek and the wetland a separate by a walking trail and in heavy rain the trail floos in places. I think I saw a bowfin in the wetland in a shalllow pool.
Ed P, 05/10/11

BAGman,
I didn't really know what this was, but I have caught a snakehead before. I thought maybe it was one, then found out after research that it was some times mistaken for one. I feel pretty confident in identifying this as a Bowfin considering the long fin on its back. I caught this at Sippo Lake in Canton, Ohio. I caught this while fishing for catfish out off the dock. I was using Berkley Catfish Bait. I read that they are supposed to give a pretty big fight, but this one didn't fight very much at all. He was an easy catch. I included two photos. The photo is hard to tell the size, but if memory serves me right it was about 12 inches (maybe a tad bigger).
SeanZ, 07/26/10

OK... I have read for an hour or so at your site. So thanks for the education.
I'm Carl R Jr. in Montpelier Ohio. I was pike fishing yesterday out of my kayak when I caught a nice bowfin. 30 inches at 10lbs 4 oz., this thing was ferocious! It fought like a muskie. It ate my XR-12 X-rap. I had to bring it home to get the lure out, then I released it. Amazing fish! Durn thing bit me several times in the kayak.
It was in a pit next to the St. Joseph River. If you're in the area come fishing with me. There are bayous and pits along the river. This fish impressed me and I've caught some big pike and muskies, so I'm used to a fight. This fish was fierce! When I released him, he expelled a pint of air out of his lung and swam away. I had to put him between my legs in the kayak and he was biting and very aggressive. I put a wooden paddle over my crotch to avoid being neutered. This is my first bowfin. Good golly they fight! I've caught 72 fish this year for 247 lbs and 131ft. I've got a pic of every one to prove it. I'm disabled and fish all the time.
Carl R Jr., 10/15/08

OK... I have read for an hour or so at your site. So thanks for the education.
This Bowfin/Dogfish fish was caught in New Philadelphia Ohio at Tuscarawas County Park. It is a heavily fished small community pond and I was there with my 5 year old daughter catching small 5" Sunfish and Bluegill. She was fishing with a bobber and worm and I decided to change my set up for spinner bait, mainly to save on the limited worms we had with us. So I picked out a fairly large spinner tackle that was about 3 inches long with iridescent blue color, and it looked like a minnow. I knew it was way too big but wanted to cast across the entire pond if I could... just for fun.
On the second cast I got the hit, my pole was bent over pretty good and I had about 30 feet to reel it in. The reel hissed as the drag setting kept line going out as I was reeling it in. It took just a couple min or so to get it to the rocky shore and then I saw this un-expected beast. Seriously, a bit scary for my little girl and myself. I have fished for years in small Ohio ponds and Lake Erie and have only a few times caught larger fish of this sort.
I thought for sure my line would snap and I was very careful not to pull to hard on it. We grabbed a milk crate we happened to have with us and scooped it up. I could not identify the fish and had never seen anything like it. It had serious teeth that had I not been cautious, would have cut me bad. I took this quick picture and then I set the crate back in the water to keep it alive till some other anglers could see it. But one flop of the tail and it was out and gone! Only 3 adults saw it. It is a great tale to tell!

My wife caught this bowfin at Mentor Lagoons on 5-29-2008. She thought it was the wildest thing with the blue fins. Apparently it was a male breeding at the time. She caught this on a nightcrawler and a bobber. After we got the picture, it snapped the line. It was the only fish we caught that morning.

Source: www.bowfinanglers.com
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