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Bowfishing (or Bow Fishing)Missouri Bowfishing bow fishing

Bowfishing as spelled by the locals or bow fishing for everyone else -  although not a new sport has gotten more popular in recent years.  With the invasion of the Asian carp that are taking over our waterways, it is not only a fun sport but one in which you help the enviroment. 

Bowfishing is a great way to introduce people to archery and bow hunting.  A good afternoon on a local river or lake is sure to provide plenty of targets. 

This sport can be done from the bank or a boat.  Either way it's been described as a cross between hunting and fishing with plenty of action.

 

 

 

Bowfishing Seasons In Missouri

DON'T FORGET - you need either a Daily Fishing, Fishing, or Hunting/Fishing Permit to bowfish.

Nongame Fish (Bow)

Area: Streams, except portions of Missouri, Mississippi, St. Francis rivers
Season Open All Year
Harvest Hours: sunrise to midnight
Daily Limit: 20
Possession Limit: 40

Area: Impounded Waters
Primary Season: Tue, 04/01/2014 - Sat, 01/31/2015
Additional Season: Sat, 02/01/2014 - Mon, 03/31/2014
Harvest Hours: April-Feb: 24 hours; Feb-March: sunrise to midnight
Daily Limit: 20
Possession Limit: 40

Area: Temporary overflow of a river or ditch
Season Open All Year
Harvest Hours: sunrise to sunset
Daily Limit: 20
Possession Limit: 40

Area: Portions of Missouri, Mississippi and St. Francis rivers
Season Open All Year
Harvest Hours: 24 hours
Daily Limit: 20
Possession Limit: 40

More info at - http://mdc.mo.gov/regulations/bowfishing-regulations-nongame-fish

More Info on Bowfishing Limits

The possession limit is twice the daily limit, except the Mississippi River which has a daily and possession limit of 100. Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp may be possessed in any numbers and do not count in the daily or possession limit.

The daily limit is the combined total of all species, except that goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp may be possessed in any numbers and do not count in the daily or possession limit. On the Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to Arkansas line, only 5 hogsuckers may be included in a daily limit.

Nongame Fish

In Missouri, nongame fish include bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, drum, gar and all other species other than those defined as game fish or listed as endangered. Nongame fish may be taken as described in the list below.

  • There is no limit on goldfish and bighead, common, grass and silver carp.
  • Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp can be taken by hand net. Those that jump from the water into a boat or on land may also be taken and possessed in any number.
  • Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks.

Using Lights To Bow Fish

Artificial lights may be used above the water surface. New! Underwater lights also may be used when bowfishing on lakes, ponds and other impoundments.

 

 

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