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Winter Bowfishing

  • bmhansen
    Participant
    Posts: 2
    #1217900

    Anyone out there try bowfishing in February? I live in Northern MN and it’s pretty hard to find open water with rough fish around where I normally bowfish in the summer. I’m sure there are river outlets and such in Southern MN that don’t fully freeze over. Anyone know of a place like that?

    kooty
    Keymaster
    1 hour 15 mins to the Pond
    Posts: 18101
    #933332

    Welcome to IDOfishing! You might find this site is also a great place to hang out.

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    Ron Johnsen
    Participant
    Platteville wi
    Posts: 2969
    #933343

    Welcome to IDO

    drew-evans
    Participant
    rochester MN
    Posts: 1099
    #933499

    i beleive there is a season for bow fishing and it dosnt start until spring??

    dfresh
    Participant
    Fridley, MN
    Posts: 3053
    #933673

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    i beleive there is a season for bow fishing and it dosnt start until spring??


    The MNDNR regs have ‘Spearing/Archery/dip nets’ all in the same section and says that the season is May 1 – Last Sunday in Feb. Does that mean that archery is the same as spearing? I would think so because any fish you shoot is reduced to possession..

    bmhansen
    Participant
    Posts: 2
    #933835

    There are some different regulations between spearing and bowfishing. I read through the regulations for MN and WI every year several times because most people don’t know about or understand bowfishing. I always want to be knowledgeable so as to not make a bad name for the sport.

    john_steinhauer
    Participant
    p4
    Posts: 2998
    #940929

    there is a guy on here i cant remember his name i know he is pretty big into bowfishing and if i remember right he posted some pics at a later time of some winter bow fishing and think he said he cuts a large hole in the ice and does it that way

    mncarpediem
    Participant
    Posts: 34
    #944132

    The season is closed as of this past Sunday at midnight and will reopen on May 1st. Yes bowfishing can and has been done through the ice. Just like the guys spearing cut a hole, use what you can as a darkhouse, and find the fish. Now finding the fish is perhaps the harder part to the system. What I found helps is talking with the guys spearing and they will usually let you know if they are seeing any carp and at what time. A couple years back a couple of buddies and I shot 73 carp in a weekend thru the ice and it was a blast! The second picture was the fish from the first day.

    deertracker
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    Posts: 8272
    #947236

    Amazing! I didn’t even know it was worth it in the winter. Now I have something new to look into.
    DT

    john_steinhauer
    Participant
    p4
    Posts: 2998
    #947369

    Quote:


    The season is closed as of this past Sunday at midnight and will reopen on May 1st. Yes bowfishing can and has been done through the ice. Just like the guys spearing cut a hole, use what you can as a darkhouse, and find the fish. Now finding the fish is perhaps the harder part to the system. What I found helps is talking with the guys spearing and they will usually let you know if they are seeing any carp and at what time. A couple years back a couple of buddies and I shot 73 carp in a weekend thru the ice and it was a blast! The second picture was the fish from the first day.


    mncarpediem Is the guy I was talking about

    carphumper
    Participant
    MN,Lakeland
    Posts: 74
    #969372

    I think I know what im going to have to try next winter. But finding the carp I think is going to be the problem

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