Trophy bowfin a rare treat along Lake Erie

Aug 13, 2020 | Ottawa Outdoors | 3 comments

The feisty bowfin is a rare catch along the Lake Erie shoreline, and in canals and marshes around the area. Avid angler Mitch Geduldig, 11, caught this 23-inch trophy while fishing a boat channel in Port Clinton recently. His father, Brad, has been fishing Lake Erie for more than 40 years, and Mitch’s trophy, also known as a dog fish and mudfish, is the first he’s ever seen. While bowfin are not good table fare, they are known for their sharp teeth and ability to fight.

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  1. Lynn harbaugh

    Wow! He will have memories to share with his children and grandchildren one day!! He will never forget this day. ❤️

  2. Mitch

    I caught one that was bigger in Lake Erie

  3. Daryl

    I caught one last week by put-in-bay that was 22in. The fins were green.


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