All the rain, green trees, grass and happy mosquitoes do mean something other than humidity: bowfishing.
Water levels in Texas are steadily increasing with all the rain this summer. Now doesn’t bowfishing sound even more fun than it already did?
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has some good ideas and advice on how to successfully and legally bowfish in Texas.
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First of all, you do not need a special bowfishing license; any sort of fishing license will do just fine. However, if you plan on taking home any bow-fished turtles or frogs, you’ll need a hunting license.
Non-game fish such as gar, buffalo, mullet and sheepshead are legal to hunt with a bow. Obviously, anything endangered is off-limits.
There is an extensive list, provided by TPWD, of fish that are considered game fish; a few are sailfish, tarpon and wahoo. If there is a question about whether or not what you are looking to fish is considered game, double check, or just opt to fish without the bow.
Any fish caught with a bow that could be used for bait cannot be put back into the water.
Bowfishing is allowed in almost every body of water in Texas. The only exceptions are in Bastrop and Fayette County lakes and Tyler East and Tyler West lakes.
There is a limit of one gar per day, in case you were wondering, and only one carp measuring 33 inches or more is permitted in Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
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So get out there and enjoy a nice Texas day, and start practicing your archery skills on some mullet.
What are some types of fish you have caught with a bow?
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