JONESBORO, Ar (KAIT) - These are a few ways to tell the difference between the Northern Snakehead and the Bowfin. If you catch a Northern Snakehead please contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and let them know what waters the fish was caught in. The AGFC will take care of destroying the fish.
- Bowfin (Amia calva)
- Typically found in swamps and backwater of sluggish rivers.
- Can grow to 32 inch's long, they are tan-olive with dark olive pattern.
- Jaws contain peg like teeth.
- Black spot on the base of the tail.
- Can breath air and withstand droughts by going dormant in the mud.
- Northern Snakehead (Channa argus)
- Native to China.
- Can grow to up to 33 inch's long. Tan with dark brown mottling.
- Jaws contain many small teeth like pike or prickerel.
- Can breath air, go dormant in the mud during drought and can move short distances on land using their pectoral fins.
- Can live out of water for up to 3 days in moist environment.
Arkansas Game And Fish phone Numbers:
(877) 734-4581 (Brinkley Office)