Anybody know of any lakes or rivers that are full of bowfin? They are really fun to catch and would like too catch a few.
I finally got a bowfin to add to this year's species list.
Backwaters of the Wolf river .
They hit like a train fight like crazy,but one things true they can destroy a spinner bait,
The funnest fish to catch and by far the most underrated fish around. The only fish so aggressive I almost got one to eat a dead sunfish out of my hand in 6" of water. As was said you can find them in places you would find bass, but if you're specifically trying to find them out I would look in weedy areas that are too shallow, mucky and stagnant to hold much else. As mentioned the backwaters around La Crosse are good, there are shallow weedy areas on both sides of the pike between La Crosse and La Crescent that would be a good place to try but I doubt you could get in there with anything other than a canoe or airboat. They will eat spinners and buzzbaits no doubt, but they fight so hard that they will twist them up like pretzels. I actually had one break a buzzbait pike fishing and got nothing back but my leader, still clipped. Throwing stuff like soft rubber frogs and flukes, or hardbaits like Silver Minnows and Spooks will catch them just fine and save you money in the long run.
Weeds, That's a big one!!! It must have been a hella of a fight!! I always say they put up twice the fight of a Catfish the same size!!! Wow!!!! Good one!!!
As has been said the Mississippi River backwaters for sure. I don't think you can NOT catch one there. I lose track of how many I catch there bass fishing sometimes. I'll also get my share of them on the WI river when smallie fishing. The top baits I always seem to get them on are either a spinner bait or a shallow crankbait.
In mukwanago mid summer frog alley is full of them the fox is full if them
Any of the Mississippi river backwaters, throw spinners in the shallows. The commercial guys net them to sell the roe (google bowfin caviar)