Oklahoma? The first one is the hardest! Keep it up and send those pics!

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.

March 2010, Garrison Creek

I was crappie fishing in Garrison Creek on the Oklahoma side of the state line and caught this "creature" and had no idea what I had caught. It was 25 inches long and weighted 4lbs 12 oz. I was able to verify what I caught from your website - thanks! I checked with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and they don't even recognize the bowfin in Oklahoma so I guess I have the "unofficial" state record. LOL
The spot is just East of Hwy 64D and just South of I-40 in Oklahoma. I was probably only ľ mile from the Arkansas state line and about 1 mile from where the creek runs into the Arkansas River. I have lived in Oklahoma all my life and this is the first time I have ever heard of a bowfin.
Thank you,
Jody R, 03/05/10

April 2009, Forked Lake

This bowfin was taken at Forked Lake in Oklahoma. It's a small swamp oxbow in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. We collected it during an ichthyology trip to Oklahoma. We set out on an electrofisning boat at about 1:00 AM and shocked it up. It was the first bowfin any of us students had seen. It was the highlight of the trip. Can't wait to try and get one on a rod and reel.
Bryan S, 04/21/09

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