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Old 09-28-2017, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in the Northbrook/Glenview area and am trying to get into bowfishing. But I don't have access to a boat. Money is tight so I'm trying to avoid renting/buying a boat, which leaves bowfishing from shore or pier as the only way to fish. I've checked the DNR pamphlet; know about the 2 pole and line fishing only restrictions. Called all the archery/fishing shops in the area, tried calling DNR directly several times (no answer), called police departments and a few city halls but haven't managed to get any closer to finding a legal spot on bank/pier to bowfish from. I've done a little searching in the forums but I can only find advice from people with boats.

So I was hoping to find some answers here. Is there a better way to go about finding a bowfishing spot on bank/pier? Is there any spot anyone in Northern Illinois/ Southern Wisconsin is willing to share?

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Old 09-28-2017, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is not going to be super readable, but here's what the 2017 IL fishing regs say:

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Waters Open to Bowfishing and Other Legal Archery and Spear Fishing
Methods
It is unlawful to discharge any gun or bow and arrow device along, upon,
across, or from any public right-of-way or highway in this State [520 ILCS
5/2.33].
1) Illinois waters open to bowfishing and other legal methods include all
public rivers and streams as noted in 17 Ill. Adm. Code 3701.Appendix
A, as noted in subsections (d)(3) through (14).
2) All public site specific waters as noted in Section 810.45.
3) Catfish species may only be taken in rivers and connected public
(wholly accessible by boat) backwaters as listed in 810.15 as noted in
subsections (d)(4) through (15).
4) Mississippi River and connected public (wholly accessible by boat)
backwaters, including that portion of the Kaskaskia River below the
navigation lock and dam, except:
A) Quincy Bay, including Quincy Bay Waterfowl Management Area
B) Spring Lake in the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge
C) Mark Twain U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge
Waters (except by special permit).
5) Illinois River and connected public (wholly accessible by boat)
backwaters from Route 89 highway bridge downstream, except for:
A) U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge Waters
B) Meredosia Lake in Cass and Morgan Counties during the central
zone duck season
C) Clear Lake in Mason County 7 days prior to and during the central
zone duck season
D) Route 89 highway bridge to Starved Rock Dam for the commercial
removal of Asian carp only by a limited number of restricted period
contracts
6) Wabash River
7) Embarras River, except from Route 130 in Coles County upstream to the
Harrison Street Bridge, including Lake Charleston
8) Sangamon River, downstream of Belt Route 48 southwest of Decatur to
mouth in Cass County
9) Kaskaskia River south of Route U.S. 50 Bridge to mouth in Randolph
County
10) Little Wabash River
11) Big Muddy River south of State Route 14 highway bridge in Franklin
County to mouth in Jackson County
12) Skillet Fork
13) Cache River from Route 51 downstream to the Mississippi River via
Cache Diversion Channel, but not including that portion of the Cache
River between the Cache Diversion Channel Levee and the Ohio River
14) Saline River in Gallatin and Saline Counties
15) Ohio River, except for:
A) Lock and Dam 52 downstream to a line perpendicular with the end
of the longest lock wall, including the circular cell portion
B) Lock and Dam 53 downstream to a line perpendicular with the end
of the longest lock wall, including the circular cell portion
C) Smithland Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of
the outer lock wall
D) Within 50 yards of the mouth of any tributary or stream
Source:

https://www.ifishillinois.org/regula...g_Guide%20.pdf
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I walk the banks of creeks and it can be productive. Get yourself a powerful headlight and use the cover of darkness to your advantage.

Don't think pier fishing would be very promising.
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I gather not much catch and release goin on there ha?

To each his own I suppose. Never really saw the sport or had any interest in snagging or this for that matter...

Enjoy it if it meets your fancy. Be safe and be careful, Later mo

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