Bowfin Spots?

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Casey Shanaberger
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Bowfin Spots?

Gonna be in Davenport IA on the weekend of September 9-10. I wanted to attempt to cross the bowfin off my list, but I have no clue where to start looking. I'm only going to be fishing the Iowa side, and won't have too much time to fish either. I think I have a pretty good grasp on what tackle to use, but any places to start looking would be MUCH appreciated.

 

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andy
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I have no knowledge of that

I have no knowledge of that area.  You're going to find a bowfin though, I can feel it.  No special spot necessary, just pick a bowfinny area on or connected to the river and fish with good fresh bait.  Either cut or alive.  Shiners or small suckers work great, and shad if you can get them.  Use a slice of filet from any legal fish for cut bait.  Spillways always draw bowfin, but any slack water area adjacent to current is worth a try as well.  Brush and logs attract them too.  Sometimes I have caught river grinnel in less than a foot of water.

 

Good luck!

Jason E.
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I lived in Davenport for a

I lived in Davenport for a year, and Andy is right, there's some solid bowfin water around there.  There's a boat launch between Clinton and LeClaire, just to the north and east of Davenport, where I had success.  The backwaters to the north and west of Credit Island were also productive.  But the people who hang out there, esp. at night, were kind of weird.  I wish I could be more helpful, but I lived there back in 2005, so it's been a long time.

space monki
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41.466045,-90.596726 this is

41.466045,-90.596726 this is always a solid spot for me. Throw a shad out near one of the banks and hang on.