– The IGFA

Here are the newly approved records for October 2019. The October 2019 records are a diverse bunch with some repeat record-setters and some brand new to the books. Congratulations are due to all. Dunn’s Bowfin Lauren Noel Dunn (of the impressive young anglers fame) set the new IGFA Women’s 4-kilogram (8-pound) Tippet Class World Record … Read more

The Bowfin — Arkansas Wild

The Bowfin The Fish That Won’t Stop Spawning Stories By Mark Spitzer Mark Spitzer holds a grinnel caught at Grassy Lake near Mayflower, Arkansas. Bowfin, or “grinnel” as they’re called in Arkansas, are a prehistoric, bone-headed, air-breathing, eely-finned, monster-fanged fossil-fish dating back to the Jurassic period that fishermen love to hate. Grinnel are right here, … Read more

A Bowfin for the Books

Brandon Butler holding his National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, catch and release, fly fishing, 20-pound tippet class world record bowfin. On more than one occasion, I have taken the liberty of bragging to my friends about my world record catch. Claiming to hold a world record draws curious looks and demands question. I … Read more

Lure Fishing For Bowfin

Lure Fishing For Bowfin By David Graham: January 31, 2023 Now, we have covered several topics and approaches with regards to bowfin on this site… Finding More Bowfin Finding Bigger Bowfin Bait Fishing for Bowfin …. but we have to address artificial lures! When it comes to lure fishing for bowfin, there are some key … Read more


Bowfin (Amia Calva) – Introduced 16-inch male (top) with tail eye-spot and female (bottom) bowfin from the Connecticut River. Note also the greenish fins on the male. Identification. Long streamlined body. Tail asymmetrical. Bony plate on bottom of lower jaw. Large mouth with strong jaws and many sharp teeth. Long single dorsal fin with more … Read more


BOWFINS FAMILY AMIIDAE FAMILY OVERVIEW The one Bowfin species that exists today, Amia calva, is all that remains of a large group of marine and freshwater fishes that thrived about 150 million years ago. A “living fossil,” the Bowfin shows some body features, such as a lunglike swim bladder, which are typical of primitive fish, … Read more

North American Native Fishtanks • The Bowfin, of the Family Amiidae One of North…

The Bowfin, of the Family Amiidae One of North America’s primitive fish, the Bowfin has barely changed over the last 70 million years. Though considered trash fish and poor eating by anglers, the Bowfin can make an interesting specimen in a very large home aquarium. Species There is only one living species in the family … Read more