Well went out to lasalle to see if I could find some fish and I actually did. When I first got there I missed a big bowfin and was really upset I missed the first fish of the year and a bowfin on top of it. I have never shot one before. So I walked the banks for a while but to no avail. I was going to leave when I figured i check out one last spot. I saw a fish surfacing and shot and missed again. Then waiting for another to surface I saw a long black shdow swimming against the sandy bottom. I nailed my first bowfin. Its 24 inches long and one of the nastiest fish I have ever shot. I ended up missing 3 other bowfins until I nailed a 26 1/2 in. small mouth buff. I never saw the body just a big wake. All in all its starting to heat up out there and I plan to go as much as I can.