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Blobingob 04-09-2008 03:08 PM

carp spawning
 
hi i am 17 and i just got into bowfishing. the only problem i am having is that i cant really find alot of information on bowfishing for illinois. ive been out to fox lake to bowfish and didnt get anything because are boat didnt have lights and it got dark quick. BUT back to what i need to know can you bowfish during carp spawning and can you bowfish in fox lake because i really dont want to get in trouble by the dnr.

herpin1579 04-09-2008 05:16 PM

Bowfishing is perfectly legal on the chain. That is where I started. Did most of my fishing in ackermans channel and around grass lake. You will know when the carp are spawning around there. You can actually smell them. They start spawning in another month or so. Usually about the time when the water gets high after a few rains. And you can shoot plenty of fish without lights. Go out on really hot days and look for them around the middle of the channels and around the docks. The best ways is to get out right around sunrise and sunset and look for their backs sticking out of the water around the shorelines.

Blobingob 04-09-2008 05:40 PM

thanks

Blobingob 04-09-2008 11:44 PM

does any one know of some amazing spots on the chain?? or what lake is better for carp and where. oh yeah and how many lbs is good for bow fishing like what is to much and what is to little.

Ejoe 04-09-2008 11:51 PM

Grass lake is the best spot I would think. Lots of fish all around it and good sized. We have a big shoot there each year, and several other fun shoots the NIBA holds. I think a 40 is a good weight to start with, Scott uses a 35 I believe and takes plenty of fish.
Send me a pm with your email address and name and Ill start sending you our BAI E-Newsletter. Or email me it from our club site contacts section at www.illinoisbowfishing.com . Your welcome to join our free bowfishing club. :)2

herpin1579 04-10-2008 09:25 AM

During the spawn, any lake on the chain is good. My personal favorite is the small cove by the grass lake bridge. It is right next to the Port of Blarneys. It is connected to fox lake through ackermans channel. The channel is full of fallen trees and the carp love it.

Blobingob 04-10-2008 03:26 PM

thanks if any one is thinking about bowfishing during the carp spawn at the chain im going to be stopping by there every once in a while to check it out and see if the fish are spawning and ill post when i find out. just in case i dont catch the spawn if any one else could could you post when it starts or when you think it is going to start. :-?

Blobingob 04-10-2008 06:27 PM

I was wondering if any one shoots a genisis or however you spell it

Ejoe 04-10-2008 06:57 PM

I have 3 of them we use for the kids events shooting ranges. They are a little lite for bowfishing but could do the job, especially the Genisis pro which is a little stronger at 25lbs. the AMS fishhawk is a beefed up genisis that tops out at 40lbs, and is a very good bow.

Blobingob 04-10-2008 11:40 PM

last year when i learned about bowfishing i wanted to get the ams fish hawk bow but when i went to gurnee mills mall to go to bass pro shop they only had a bow that looked alot like it the genisis pro so i bought it but im now regreting it and in a week or so im going to go back and buy a new bow are there any decent bows for under 200 dollars somewhere in the range of 30 to 40 pounds?


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