|Bad case of swamp bass|
The bowfin mates in early spring at a nest created by the male. Once the eggs have hatched the male guards the fry for several weeks until the young are old enough to fend for themselves. During this period, the male becomes a vibrant lime green to attract the female.
|Spawning male bowfin|
Although many anglers view the bowfin as a nuisance species, they can obtain a size over three feet long, will often hit live bait or lures and will put up a tough fight to rival any gamefish. Some anglers incorrectly perceive the bowfin as a threat to a fishery and kill any bowfin they catch. This is not the case and all bowfin that aren't being kept for consumption should be returned to the water immediately. Live minnows and crayfish are most often used for bait when targeting bowfin as are any lure that resembles a crayfish.