Bowfishing is a great way for archery hunters to sharpen their skills for the fall hunting season, as well as offering anglers a new challenge to undertake on Ohio’s waterways.
Check out this video from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources to learn more about how to get started bowfishing in Ohio.
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There is no limit on a bow’s draw weight for bowfishing in Ohio. Archery anglers may take forage fish including carp, quillback, suckers, bowfin, gar, buffalo, gizzard shad and goldfish, and freshwater drum (in the Lake Erie Watershed District only) with a longbow or crossbow.
If using a longbow, anglers may also take bullfrogs, green frogs, snapping turtles and softshell turtles during the appropriate seasons.
A valid Ohio fishing license is also required. For more information on the regulations for taking forage fish, frogs, and turtles in Ohio, go here.
Have you ever tried your hand at bowfishing? How did you enjoy the experience? Get the bowfishing discussion started in the comments section below!