You really don’t need much to get started bowfishing; a bow, some bowfishing line on a spool or reel, and a bowfishing arrow is all you’ll need to hit the water. Well, that and a fishing license if your state’s regulations require it (and most of them do.) There’s more information about bowfishing gear in the articles section if you have questions about which bow to use, bowfishing arrows and points, bowfishing reels, and more.
Speaking of regulations, it’s a good idea to review them before going out to make sure you know which species are legal to fish for, where you can fish, when you can fish, and other bowfishing-specific regulations that you may not be aware of. Even seasoned bowfishermen are advised to read up on the regulations each year, as some items may have been added or changed from the previous year.
Once you’ve got your bowfishing gear lined up and are up to speed on the regulations, it’s time to go fishing. Pick a spot to fish, get out there, and have fun. Don’t worry if you miss a few fish, especially if you’re just starting out. We’ve all been there, and not even the most experienced fishermen hit every fish they shoot at. You will get better, it just takes a little practice.
Bowfishing is an exciting, challenging sport, enjoyed by fishermen across the country. Whether you fish the rivers and backwaters of south or the lakes of the midwest, you’re sure to have a good time pursuing fish with a bow. Aim low, and shoot straight!