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Bowfishing in Central California?

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#1 rachtak



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Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:44 PM

Hi,I'm new to archery and really want to combine my love for fishing with my new interest in archery when I have some free time in mid-march. My question is twofold. Is there anywhere good to bowfish in central/northern CA? Will there even be any fish to shoot at that time of year? Any help is appreciated!

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:52 PM

Spring and early summer is when there is typically the best shooting due to the spawn. Carp are up and gathering in good numbers.Dont know much about the lakes up there, but you will have to check and make sure the lake allows it. Different lakes have different rules.I know Clearlake has tournaments up there, but that is the extent of my NorCal knowledge.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:30 PM

Lake Don Pedro is good for carp shooting. Level is dropping so there are lots of shallow coves and such coming into play.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:47 AM

I don't know about northern CA, but central valley, Mendota Slough, and also on the San Juaquin river.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:48 PM

I agree with GSH..there's some huge carp in the San Joaquin river and plenty of carp in all the lakes near by...mendota slough is VERY productive but make sure u bring a couple push poles because the water gets shallow where the carp like to hangout.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

You can always take a trip up to Clear Lake. They have carp shooting tournaments up there every year. I used to go there with a couple of guys and we always had a blast.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:43 PM

anyplace ~5,000 ft throw 'em as high above the waterline as possible!

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

Hi, This has something thats interested me too as I own boys and used to use them alot. Only thing is I noticed in the regs that no game fish are allowed and on the CO River Carp (as mentioned alot above) are the only things really worth a darn to fish there. I thought Carp werent good eating, whats the point of bowfishing for Carp? I am sure interested just need a justification I guess.

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