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Here might be a stupid question, but growing up in Western ND, I have never ran into a "dogfish" before. This last summer, I was out doing a little bluegill fishing (They taste great smoked) and I tore into about a 28 inch fish. Brought it to the surface, ugliest thing I have ever seen. I had no idea what it was, until I stopped to fill gas at Tank n Yummies (Near Ottertail) and they had one of those ugly fish on the wall. The guy working called it a dogfish, anyone ever had the luxury of catching one of these or even hearing about one?
 

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We caught one out crappie fishing once. I had the same reaction when we got the fish into the net. What an ugly fish!!! I really don't know much about these fish except that they probably won't give the walleyes much of run for being the most sought after game fish...
 

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Burbot, ling,lawyer,fresh water cod,eelpout and lota lota(scientific name) are all names used for the fish you are talking about.It aint pretty but it tastes awsome and I am not kidding you around. They like real deep water in summer but they go shallower under the ice. They put up a fair fight too!They are related to the ling cod of salt water and they are the only species of cod that lives exclusively in fresh water. I know this topic is old but I thought I would revive it!
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Dogfish and eelpout are not the same thing. The "official" name for dogfish is bowfin. Roughly the same look as the eelpout, but extrememly different personalities. We used to catch a lot of them musky fishing on Leech. They are a real bummer because they absolutely thrash a musky lure with those teeth. Always a fun catch, though.
 

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Ahhh yes, I caught a bowfin/dogfish last year, didn't fight worth a damn though. I was calling it a night last April and I felt something was on my line, but if felt like I was dragging weeds. Wasn't until I pulled my line outta the water when I figured out I had something. Small for bowfin standards, about seven inches, and I had no idea what it was. So I kept it to make sure I could identify it, because they are similar looking to snakeheads. I don't know how things are in North Dakota, but over here you gotta get a hold of the DNR if you do end up catching a snakehead. Took me four days but I had found a picture of the fish I caught on Michigan DNR's website. So the next day I went fishing and released it into the same place I caught it. I wouldn't say it was ugly, not pretty though.
 

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In some parts of ontario people actually target this fish for there fight.
I myself don't like to fish for the ugly things .I had seen a show on the
fish canada show they were using muskie lures fo them.
 

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When I went down to Florida for school I would fish the lakes around Gainesville. They had plenty of dogfish (aka bowfin). I always found them to be great fighters, even if they looked (and smelled) terrible. The biggest one I landed was about two pounds.

The bowfin is an ancient fish, old along the lines of sturgeon and paddlefish. One indicator of this is the large scales along the head, a reminant from ancient times, when fish needed more armor in the primordial sea and inland lakes. These scales give them a pretty tough look. They are more frequently found in the southern latitudes.

That's all I know about bowfin, and I have never caught one up here.
 

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I have caught a bunch of Bowfins on the lake my cabin is on. A few over 5 pounds too, that faught hard.
 

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I hear they fight pretty good. That one I caught didn't fight worth a damn, but it was neat to catch. Never caught anything quite like it before or since.
 

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Lots of these in the Mississippi back waters. I've even caught them on top water Bass lures. They will come up from behind the bait and almost suck it in. They like to cruise the shallows in the summer, chasing all the game fish. Mean fish too. Get out the spreader and needle nose. Not ones to cooperate easily.
 

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I've had a couple people tell me they make kind of a growling noise, like a dog would. That one I caught never did, at least not that I heard. Wasn't really a mean one that I had, but I have heard lots of people say they are.
 

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Back home near the Twin Cities I've shot a few while bowfishing...my biggest is 10lb 9oz. We usually catch them by accident when we're using spinnerbaits for bass, they got some nasty teeth, they fight good with a shaft of fiberglass through, em though! :wink:
 

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The one I caught certainly wasn't pretty. I wouldn't say he was ugly though, just not one if it was big enough you'd want to put on your wall. But I guess better that then a carp and those lovely lips of there's.
 

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I have to jump in here, I am an active fieldman of a group of fisherman who target bowfin specifically called (B.A.G) the bowfin anglers group. Bowfin (Amia Calva) are NOT ugly! What is your definition of ugly anyway? the BIG lips of a bass are not that attractive yet they are the holy grail of fisherman, big fat ugly catfish with toad like heads and slimy whiskars arent the prettiest pearl but hey, everyone loves catfish, and some of the most popular gamefish of saltwater are also some of the most god awfully ugly beasts ive ever seen, take halibut or flounder for example. Bowfin have a look one can only call unique, unique in that they don't just LOOK prehistoric, They ARE prehistoric. The last member of a family of fish (Amiidae) which are traced back up to 100,000,000 years ago! With an elongated dorsal, a rounded tail, an arrow dinamic frame, and sheer jaw power combined with a row of mean teeth, they are the epitimy of tough! That is why they fight with arguabley the most lb for lb power and largest arsinal of tricks and fighting styles. With a modified air bladder they have the ability to gulp air from the surface when oxygen levels depleat, they can live in the nasties most stagnate of water long after all of the other fish have either died or moved out. Long hated because they "threaten game-fish" by uneducated bass finatics, the statement has no scientific foundation to stand on. Bowfin have swam these waters before teh bass had even began to clime the evolutionary ladder. They are an apex preditor in their swampy environment that strike terror into any unweary shiner or crawfish. Yes they make you lose money on expensive lures... they are the ultimate test for your "top quality gear" fisherman are caught up in the idea of better gear means better fishing anyway. You swear you had a bass of a lifetime but its just an average sized bowfin, and yet people hate them? How someone can dispize a fish with qualitys like this blows me away yet im glad i have them all to myself. Rockinmichigan, you dont sound like a bowfin believer, dont say they dont fight hard when yours was 7 inchs. Try a 30 inch 12 lb angry dinosaur fish on the end of the line first. I need to clear up the barking thing as well. They are not "barking" they do not croak or bark like a catfish, if anything they are trying to gulp air and the air bladder has caught an bubble of water in its throught. Do NOT throw them on the bank as a test of this theory as you will not prove it true
Check out www.bowfinanglers.com and enlighten yourselves on these wonderful prehistoric fish.
 

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DavidG, if you're gonna call me out get your facts straight buddy. I only said that mine didn't fight, but I have heard they fight pretty good. I hear what I hear, and I pass it along, and wherever I hear it I take their word for it. So I guess that does make me a believer. Make sure you read what I post buddy, my posts only take a minute or two to read, so if you aren't going to take the minute or two to read them then don't bother reading them at all. Sorry if I come off nasty but I'm not in a good mood right now and I don't like being rubbed off the wrong way like that.
 

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I knew i worded that wrong, i didnt mean to sound like i was calling you out. Thats not how the post was intended to sound
 

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Its okay buddy, like I said I wasn't in a good mood to begin with. Just sounded like you were saying I didn't know what I was talking about. But its straightened out now buddy. Whichever ever the spin turns, I do know that it was a neat experience, because I didn't know what I had. Before that I had never seen a bowfin/dogfish, whether its a picture on the net or in person, etc. I'd like to get a hold of a bigger one to see how good the fight really is.
 
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