Can you guess why the bowfin is emerald green? Bowfin or sometimes referred to as "Dogfish" come in a variety of shapes and at times colours. Their bodies are generally cylindrical and eel like in appearance. Normally their sides and back can be olive to brownish in colour with vertical bars for camouflaged pattern. Their underbellies are a whitish-cream colour like most other freshwater fish in Northern Ontario such as this bowfin below. [caption id="attachment_1605" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Chris Crilly's Line Class World Record 29-inch Catch & Release French River Bowfin.[/caption] But, why the brighter emerald-greenish colour you ask? Just like mergansers and other various species of birds, who strut their brilliant plumage. Spawning. Out of mating season, male bowfin (especially younger ones) can be quickly identified by the yellow ring around the blackREAD MORE >
Fishing the French River contains many hidden surprises for avid anglers. Many of us have our interests from the baits we cast to the fish species we prefer to catch. But it's always good to remember that sometimes thrill seeking for our favourites should not reel past our opportunities for the lesser favourite species of fish. [caption id="attachment_1605" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Chris Crilly with his world record 29 inch French River Bowfin.[/caption] Chris Crilly is an avid bass fisherman from Burke, Virginia; however, during his stay at Bear's Den Lodge he managed to catch two bowfin. At first he thought nothing of this until he mentioned the unusual size of his bowfin. Searching through the record book, lodge owner Brenda Barefoot realized that Chris could have a Line Class World Record fish depending on the test of the line. After some encouragement, Chris sent in whREAD MORE >
"The Government of Canada remains committed to keeping Canadians safe, particularly during these unprecedented and challenging times. Each year, the launch of the North American Safe Boating AwarenesREAD MORE >
What’s the difference between Pike and Pickerel? A seemingly simple question but one that can have confusing answers depending on where you are. I grew up in a fishing camp in NortheasREAD MORE >
More women are enjoying the sport of fishing. Consider taking your daughter to enjoy the great outdoors. Support the Great Canadian Female Anglers by ordering your 2017 Great Canadian Female Angler'sREAD MORE >
Bear's Den Lodge would like to say thank you to all our valued customers and friends who had the opportunity to share your experiences with us this past season! May your seasons be merry with tight lREAD MORE >
Muskie and Northern Pike are North America's two favourite trophy game fish. Both swim silently through the turbid waters of the French River, Ontario. Before exploding into action, striking unsuspecREAD MORE >
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