We live in Southeast Missouri. My husband took me fishing at a local swamp back in the spring and I had my first encounter with these ferocious beasts. I hooked several but couldn't get them to the bank. I have been back several times, but today, I was finally successful! Both of mine were 30 inches, 8.4 lbs and had 14 in. girth. They looked like litter mates. I know how to get them in now and your website was quite informative. My husband is trying out some of your recipes.
Hope you enjoy the pictures. Maybe I will be Angler of the year some time.
Jessica B, 10/02/11
This fish was about 2 lbs or so we think, around 14" long or so and nice and fat. We didn't know what it was because we had never seen one before. Caught in the Cuivre River, a tributary off the Mississippi. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is native to Southeast Missouri. Nobody we talked to around the area knew what it was either. They said snakehead, but the fins are different. This area is quite a bit north of the native habitat in Missouri.
It was a female full of eggs. We fileted it and it was delicious. Here is the location. We're going to go back to the same spot and try for some more!
JIm B, 05/13/11
My father and I (NickE and ChrisE) are both members of the website, and I mentioned a while back that I would send in a few pictures from our most productive fishing trip early this summer (May 2009). The story behind the photos is as follows. My dad and I went down to the Mingo Wildlife Refuge, our normal fishing territory, one day and did well enough that we decided to come back the next day, only earlier. I'll just say that the next day was much more productive (I'll let the pictures speak for themselves). After we had hooked and netted 17 grinnel, our stringers were getting a bit full and my dad began cleaning the fish. I went on fishing and we finally quit after the 25th. The good lord only knows how many we may have caught if we would hav kept fishing, but our cooler was full, dad was rather tired of cleaning the fish, and we weren't sure how much room we had in our freezers. Just for the record, they were still biting when we quit (and showed no signs of slacking any time soon) and we lost quit a few too. The pictures are the four stringers before my dad began cleaning the fish.
Chris and Nick E, 08/11/09
I was surprised to come across this site, but very
pleased to see it. The Bowfin has been the fish of choice for my family
for decades. I am originally from Southeast Missouri and have fished
numerous holes around that area; I would venture to say I have caught
hundreds of Bowfin in that area and I would say my parents in the 1000s
over the years. I have been in Alaska for about 3 years with the Air
Force but will be moving back to Missouri in June of 2003. I have
enjoyed the Salmon fishing up here but I am looking forward to the
upcoming fights in Missouri. A few of the places I have had excellent
fishing experience with the Bowfin are: Mingo & Duck Creek
Wildlife Refuge, and quit a few areas of Back water off the Mississippi
around Charleston, Cruthersville, Wolfe Island, and smaller creeks
around the area -- too many to list.