Connecticut, thank TomG and JeffC for getting you off to a chilly start! Send those pics!

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The Yellow dots indicate the State Record (lb-oz or 00.00 lb), the Red dots are other fin locations that have been revealed to us. They link to Topozone maps that get you in the neighborhood, if not to the exact spot. The Photos name the location the fins were caught (if known). Thanks to Dave D (Osama Bin Bowfin) for this idea.

January 2013, Connecticut River

I caught this bowfin yesterday in CT on a cove on the CT river. I was targeting pike and then pulled this monster in. I have never seen or caught one before yet ended up pulling 3 more through the ice. I thought you guys might want to check out the pic.
Thank you,
Corey P, 01/26/13

August 2010, Connecticut River (Wethersfield)

Bill J caught this guy in the Wethersfield Cove (CT river).
Thank you,
Ron H, 08/31/10

September 2009, Connecticut River

I caught this fish last night in the CT river in Springfield MASS. Are they suppost to be in this area? Caught using raw shrimp around 8:00 p.m, with windy conditions.
Thank you,
Jonathan C, 09/28/09

April 2009, Scovill Reservoir

I wanted to send this picture along to you. I live in Connecticut and frequently fish at Scovill reservoir in Wolcott, CT. I was fishing there today and caught this bowfin(picture attached). I spotted him about six or eight feet in front of me so I threw my Berkley Powerhawg at him. He instantly chomped it! He was definitely protecting his nest. Let me know what you think. I didn't have my scale with me, but he was around 20 inches.
My brother and I caught three 5.5 pounders last year in a swampy corner of Scovill Reservoir last year around this time. So, of course I had to go back this year. If there's any other info you might need, please let me know. P.S. I did throw him back after the pic was taken. JasonN, 04/27/09

February 2007, Loc'n Unknown

After spending a few hours biding my time with only a few perch and b@$$ in 6-8 ft of water near a weedline. Finally, my tip-up with the the big 5" shiner flys and I'm thinking "Oh boy, here's that toothy critter I'm looking for!" After a good 40 foot run-off it finally stops, I set the hook, and I'm thinking that with the fight in this fish, this has to be a good pike. 2 good runs later and a toothy critter's head pops thru the hole, only it's not a northern Pike, it is a beautifully colored bowfin. What an amazing looking fish, green fins, and amazing markings on the tail. After snapping a few pics with my camera phone (I forgot my digital at home, D'OH) the fish was released to fight another day. Not much of a report, but I knew the people at BAG would appreciate the beauty of this fish.
Jeff C, 02/03/07

January 2007, Connecticut River

I iced this fish in Connecticut, in a small piece of backwater off of the Connecticut River, just north of Hartford. The fish was caught in 4 feet of water on the outside of a weedline. It was caught on a 5" Golden Pond Shiner suspended 12" off of the bottom.
The fish hit at first light, just as the sun was coming up. I also iced one 10 minutes after. The second fish was a little smaller that went about 4 lbs. I did not get a picture of that fish, though the second one was really gold and had bright green fins.
These fish were taking line really fast off of the tip ups. Once I stuck them and set the hook, they went nuts, changing directions many times, and making long powerful runs. A really nice suprise!! They definitely fight as good as, if not better, than a "Large" Northern Pike. I have attached the only picture we took.
I look forward to seeing this report on your site. You guys have a great site and a lot of informative information.
Thank You
Tom G (TBONE -, 01/29/07

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