Can you bowfish in the Illinois River?

Can you bowfish in the Illinois River?

Only carp, carpsuckers, shad, drum, buffalo, suckers, bowfin and certain species of gar may be taken with a bow. Bowfishing tournaments are becoming popular activities on Illinois’ rivers and lakes.

Can you bowfish on a river?

You can bowfish in freshwater (lakes, rivers or ponds) and saltwater (bays, beaches or estuaries).

What time of year is best for bowfishing?

Most people who regularly bowfish rarely go home empty-handed.” The best time to go bowfishing is during the late spring and early summer when carp and other garbage fish are spawning in the shallows of lakes and rivers.

Is it legal to bowfish catfish in Illinois?

The implements are still allowed to catch carp, catfish, buffalo, suckers, gar, bowfin, shad and drum fish species – but not along the roads.

What do you do with carp after bowfishing?

What To Do With Carp After Bowfishing

  1. Cook It. This is a no-brainer thing to do with that carp you have caught.
  2. Smoked Carp. A carp’s flavor may be a hit or miss for some.
  3. Compost. Lastly, for those who are not huge fans of eating carp, you can simply use it as compost.

Do you use a sight for bowfishing?

Sights are not recommended to use for bow fishing because bow fishing happens so fast that there is not enough time to scope out the target beforehand.

What is the Illinois state record carp?


Eligible Fish State Record (lbs) Water Body
Common Carp / Koi 38 lbs 2 oz. Crab Orchard Lake
Grass Carp (White Amur) 78 lbs 8oz Lake Minear
Bighead Carp 71 lbs 4.8 oz Kaskaskia River
Silver Carp 43 lbs 2.4 oz Private Pond

Where can I find carp for bowfishing?

Where to Bowfish. Carp are the most popular fish targeted for bowfishing. Common carp and several invasive carp species are found in North America’s rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. The best, most productive time to bowfish is spring and summer.

Is carp good to eat?

If properly prepared, carp are good to eat. The meat is pink and mild-flavored similar to Tilapia. As with all fish, where it is caught, and how it is handled and prepared is a big factor in taste and flavor. Carp are considered a rough fish, which means they have thick scales and skin, and a lot of bones.

Can I use bluegill as bait in Illinois?

Q: Can I use bluegill as bait? A: Yes. There is nothing in the Illinois Fish Code that prohibits the use of legally taken bluegill or sunfish as bait for another species of fish. The bluegill/sunfish must have been taken by a properly licensed sport fisherman using legal sport fishing devices.

  • September 15, 2022