|Bowfin are a very unusual and unique fish in Pennsylvania. Your approach to these
fish seems just about right. The Fish and Boat Commission does not suggest that anglers kill them. In
fact, bowfin are listed as a "candidate species," which means that anglers are strongly encouraged to return
any fish caught to the waters from which they were taken.
If any members of the Commission staff made comments about killing bowfin in the past, they
were certainly not reflecting the views of our fisheries biologists.
In a couple of waters in Northwestern Pennsylvania, bowfin seem to have come on really strong in the past couple
of years. This may reflect good reproductive success perhaps brought on by just the right environmental conditions.
Just as the PFBC does not advocate waste of bowfins, we do not want them to be released in waters outside the native
range of this very unusual fish.