navigation bar
  New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
njdep home f&w home
Facebook Logo Instagram logo

State Record Bowfin Caught


September 11, 2017


The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has officially certified, and is pleased to announce, the catch of a new state record freshwater fish.

Pierce Dopkin of Clementon, NJ, reeled in the new state record Bowfin on July 28, 2017. The fish weighed in at 11 pounds, 8.5 ounces eclipsing the previous state record by 10.5 ounces. The fish measured 31.7" in length and had a girth of 17.1". Pierce was fishing from the shore of Matua Creek when the fish hit. Pierce was using a Shimano rod and reel with 20-pound braided line. A shiner served as the bait.

For more information on the Record Fish Program, visit

  Adobe Acrobat Some files on this site require adobe acrobat pdf reader to view. download the free pdf reader  
bottom footer contact dep privacy notice legal statement accessibility statement nj home nj home citizen business government services a to z departments dep home

division of fish & wildlife: home | links | contact f&w
department: njdep home | about dep | index by topic | programs/units | dep online
statewide: njhome | citizen | business | government | services A to Z | departments | search

Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-2017
Department of Environmental Protection
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: September 11, 2017