Unfortunately I don't have a pic of it though because if you've never caught a bowfin (like myself), you don't realize how angry they are. Not only did this big dog (I estimate he was around 7-8 pounds) rip off a good 30 yards of line on his initial run, but he also tried to bite me as I tried to unhook him. What I should have done was beach him and pose for a photo. Instead I was in waist deep water with a toothy critter thrashing around as I tried to get two trebs out of his mouth. I'm lucky none of the hooks landed in my hand as he escaped. He sort of looked like this male, but his fins were much more vibrant (thanks for the photo internet). I wish I would've got a pic with him. Real pretty fish.
I also caught this pike two casts later. Not a big one, but it did do something I've never seen a pike do in the river. As I was reeling it in, it made a run straight at me, took a hard right about 20 yards away and came out 5 feet out of the water as it did a backflip in the air. Pretty sweet air I must say.
I also found some wild onions to go with my morel pasta I'm making tonight.
River is still a bit high and the bite went dead as soon as the sun got above the treeline. I also hooked a hammerhandle, but he came unbuttoned at me feet. Saw a ton of toads and water snakes today as well.
And now, a quick PSA. Bowfin a.k.a. dogfish a.k.a. grunnel are NOT trash fish. They are an essential part of the river's ecosystem and put up a **** of a fight as well. They are not only a prehistoric fish, but they perform population control on panfish so there is limited stunted growth and also help maintain balanced fish populations. It will be their spawning time soon and the male's fins turn a very cool emerald/blue color, so they are a pretty stunning fish to behold this time of year. Please do the river a favor and throw back your bowfin instead of throwing them in the bushes. Thanks.