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The crappie kid
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:56 PM 07/14/11 (CST)
I've always wanted to catch a Bowfin, but I never did anything about it until this year. At the beginning of this fishing season I decided I wanted to catch as many new fish species as possible. I also set a more important, specific goal: to catch a Bowfin.

I researched where I could find them, their behavior, and everything I could find. My search led me to many new places I've never fished before. All of these without luck. The place that finally did it was somewhere I went to fish for White Bass and Smallies, the confluence of Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi. When I was there (looking for bass), I glanced into shallows and saw a HUGE Bowfin! But there was more than just one. There were at least 5 or 6 good size fins swimming around in an area of Minnehaha Creek about a 100 yards up from it's mouth where there is a fairly large, 1 foot deep area with no current.

I came back the next day with my friend who you can see in the picture with his catch of the day..a tiny Walleye.

I tried different things for a few hours, but I couldn't get a decent hit on anything. That's not to say I got NO hits. At one point I was casting worms right in front of 'em. The evil little buggers would take the bait and hold on for dear life until they came near shore, which is when they would do this "death roll" thing and got of the hook. I needed something that they would strike harder, so I put on a spinner. I got a decent hit on that, and I actually got the fish on shore (almost), but it did it's death roll and escaped me. Damn! Discouraged, I casted a Mimmick Minnow into the current and fished for some "Sport Fish" which yielded the Northern you see. Not long after that, I was out of time and had to leave.


The next day, I stopped by even though I only had 40 minutes to fish. The water level was down a bit, so the area with no current was too shallow to hold any fish. I didn't give up though. I casted a night crawler hooked just like a plastic worm (on a jig head) into an eddy and used a slowish retrieve. On the first cast, I got a fish , but it was a only a Sheepshead...gross.


Reaching the end of my time limit, another fish hit. This one hit very subtly. At the first glimpse of the fish....I couldn't believe it..a Bowfin! (and a decent size too). It started doing it's death roll on the shore, but luckily, it was well hooked, and I had a net. However, even with that going for me, I still had to get in the thick of the mud I was avoiding for 3 days.

It was worth it. I caught my first ever Bowfin. I measured it at 25 inches exactly. Wish I had a scale...(How much would you guess that might weigh?). Thanks to a random passerby named Lisa, I was able to get a great picture!









Luke.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:58 PM 07/14/11 (CST)
Huh.... My usual way to post pics on forum doesn't work. Any suggestions? Can you see these pics?

Update:

Never mind! Figured it out...
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:59 AM 07/15/11 (CST)
Persistence pays off. Thats a fun spot to fish I spend a lot of time there in the spring. The spot where your friend is holding that walleye is pretty close to where I caught a 25" walleye this spring.

I think a bowfin is probably the only type of fish I haven't caught in tha area so far. I'm probably at over a dozen species caught in that area by now.

Did you end up keeping the fish or did you put it on a stringer just for pictures?


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:01 PM 07/15/11 (CST)
That's a nice Walleye (25")! Yeah, the diversity of fish at that spot intrigues me. It's definitely somewhere I'd go back to catch some new species. That's always fun.

I put it on the stringer because there was no way in hell I was going to lose that fish! haha. Since Bowfin are slimy and feisty, it could've easily slipped out of my hands and back into the creek. So, I put it on a stinger, tied the stinger to a root, and let the fish recover in the water while I found someone to take my picture. After the picture, I released it. When it hit the water, it sped off like nothing ever happened. Bowfin are hardy fish. (they also breath air...that's gotta help lol)
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:31 PM 07/15/11 (CST)
In the spring the walleye spawn around the confluence so 25-30 inch walleye are not uncommon. I've caught several in the 24-26" range and have seen multiple 28 inch fish caught. Even though the fish are around there are some tricks to catching them. Most of the fish are caught by only a handful of guys.

I might have to head down there to see if I can add the bowfin to my list as well. I tend to move to other waters after the spring spawn but I know that area can be productive all season, more so if the water is high.

From the looks of your pictures it looks like you use the same set up as I do. Backpack full of gear, landing net on the back and a rod in hand. Easiest way to fish down there for sure. I see guys lugging folding chairs, radios, grills, you name it they'll carry it.

I was sort of hoping you kept the bowfin. I was looking forward to getting a first hand account of what bowfin tastes like.




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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:39 PM 07/15/11 (CST)
Very Nice Crappie Kid!

Thanks for the great report and pics. Looks like you had a really good outing!

Good luck the rest of this season.

The Fisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:48 PM 07/15/11 (CST)
RE: nofishfisherman

Next Spring I'll have to go try for some Walleye down there....see if I can figure out the "trick" to catching them. (I won't ask you to reveal your secrets haha).

Yep, that's my set up. When I shore fish, I try to be as mobile as possible. I can whip the net out at the precise moment, and everything is always with me. I wear cargo shorts for quick access to handy items, and also because I can wade. I might need some more sturdy sandals, though. I've already lost a pair to the mud...

I've never tasted Bowfin, but I know people eat 'em. Check out this website. http://www.bowfinanglers.com/ There's a section with recipes! I've also heard of people using the eggs for caviar... to each his own I guess....

RE: thefisher

Thanks! You too
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:54 AM 07/16/11 (CST)
hey kid,

You mind if I add a couple of those pics to the pics section?



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:31 AM 07/16/11 (CST)
Go for it. Thanks, Webdude!
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:16 AM 07/18/11 (CST)
Finally got the pics up. Sorry it took so long. Your personal photo album is located here...

http://myfishingpals.com/minnesota-fishing-pictures.taf?function=username&photoid=240

The pics will stay on the homepage until they get knocked off.

Thanks!



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