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Gordie

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Gordie

Who's all gonna grab the bow and stick some rough fish this year.

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Ryan_V

If I can find some water! My creek I shot them in last year is dry, now where to go?

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TylerS

Oh I hope I can get out this year! Just have to tune my Oneida and I'll be ready to rock come May 1. Now just to find a boat...

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Gordie

Oh I hope I can get out this year! Just have to tune my Oneida and I'll be ready to rock come May 1. Now just to find a boat...

Tyler if your ever down this way I'm sure myself along with archerysniper could get you on the water... Just saying I got the boat.. I may have to string up the recurve for a shoot too.

Unless you wanna hit the river for some flatheads but I would still bring your bow as I know there are carp on the river

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TylerS

I might just take you up on that offer! I used to bowfish all the time around Wright/Hennepin counties. My secret honey hole still produces some true hogs. Two years ago I shot a 36 pounder there.

Sure wouldn't mind getting out on the river, though. At least then you have a chance at some gar! Love shooting those buggers.

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Archerysniper

I cant wait I need to practice a bit anyways before the border battle we have down by pool 4 every year with the Land O' Lakes bowfishing association

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TylerS

Oh man, I'd LOVE to shoot a tournament again! I shot a couple in the past with some old high school buddies, and while we never placed, it was a heckuva lot of fun! There just never seems to be enough time for that sort of thing any more. Ugh...I should take a sabbatical cry

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Shu

Yes, can't wait. We are rigging the boat for lights this year (LED) so it should be a busy season. I will probably get out on a few local lakes to make sure everything works well, then hit the river. I saw the border battle on LLBA, sounds fun but kind of intimidating for being new to the sport.

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sticknstring

Heck yeah! Hoping for a good amount of moisture tomorrow to fill up some of the creeks & streams for opening weekend. Fun to be carpin' again!

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No_Net

I've gone through everything a hundred times already to make sure its all ready to go. Its been hard wait this spring since my buddy has been sending me pics of carp for last month that they've been getting in south dakota.

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no bait nate

I've got everything rigged and ready to go. I have been seeing some fish in big numbers during the daytime on my local panfish lake. Looks like it should be a good spring for the bowfin and buffalo action!

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No_Net

no bait nate when are we going to get to gether and shoot a few.

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jasonmichalski

Been out a few times this year but the water up to now has been too dark. Did hit one big carp but it came off at the boat.

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pushbutton

Hey, quick question...hopefully someone can chime in within 5 hours smile Newbster here is wondering about getting the arrow out.....is there a better way? Have not shot a bow since something like 9 th grade....if your near spicer tonight might want to stay clear grin Hopefully will have some pics!

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No_Net

Hey, quick question...hopefully someone can chime in within 5 hours smile Newbster here is wondering about getting the arrow out.....is there a better way? Have not shot a bow since something like 9 th grade....if your near spicer tonight might want to stay clear grin Hopefully will have some pics!

I'm guessing your asking about getting the arrow out of a fish. Most of the times you're arrow goes through the fish so the tip is sticking out. Then its just a matter of loosing the tip so the barbs point down and then just point the arrow down and the fish should slide off (might have to give it a shake). If the barbs aren't sticking out then push the tip all the way through. If your goes all the way through and the fish is on the string and not the arrow shaft its easier to just cut the line and retie.

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pushbutton

Makes sense....might have figured that out; ok, probably not.... can be rather slow sometimes wink Thanks! Playing with the tuning right now, never even shot a compound before. Three more hours to go....of course not near the amount of fish that i saw last weekend....good luck all!

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No_Net

Just over 2 more hours. Good luck to anybody heading out. Wish I could make it out but, I have to wait tell friday night eek

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harvey lee

For those who shoot fish and leave them on shore in a pile, please take care of what you shoot. I have 2 places I catch bait for flathead fishing and so many times there are piles of carp laying on shore and they stink bad.

Thanks for trying to help with this matter.

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TylerS

For those who shoot fish and leave them on shore in a pile, please take care of what you shoot. I have 2 places I catch bait for flathead fishing and so many times there are piles of carp laying on shore and they stink bad.

Thanks for trying to help with this matter.

I can just about guarantee that the slobs who do that don't visit a forum like HSO. You're talking about a very small minority of people who ruin it for everyone else. My best advice would be to contact the local CO and let him/her know about where the fish have been dumped. If it's a popular spot, chances are whoever it was will be back again.

And unless you're certain the carp were shot with a bow, don't assume it was bowfishermen piling them up. There are tons of rotting fish (mostly rough fish like stone cats, drum, goldeyes, and suckers) strewn all along the Red River in Fargo. And I can tell you without an ounce of doubt that they weren't put their by bowfishermen.

Thanks for trying to help with this matter...

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Archerysniper

Just got the bows ready and loaded into the truck for a whole night of fun tonight shooting fish. If your in the chisago forest lake area and get blinded by a boat on the water that will be us grin

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Tubitz

Just got done shootin 43 in the rain, interesting to say the least. Archerysniper, got any room in the boat tonight? I live just south of there and have been dyin to get back out at night its been way to long.

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Archerysniper

Sorry just caught this now. We did fare tonight it took us a while to find fish and they really didn't come in shallow till late. I think we ended up with 15 in the tub with lots of pull outs. I think we need to switch to the big fish points the smallest was around 5 pounds and the biggest was 33# with most in the 12 to 15# range. It was nice to get out again and fling some arrows.

Also be careful and know before you shoot I saw a lot of huge pike in the shallows tonight.

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NoWiser

I got in this morning at about 3:30 from my first ever bowfishing excursion. What a blast!! We were out from right after the storm until about 2:00 and ended up with 50. It took me a half hour to get the hang of it, but after that I was keeping right up with my buddy. My current hunting bow is getting turned into a bowfishing rig for sure next year, after I upgrade it!

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    • Hookmaster
      In the late 70s or early 80s, Outdoor News had a recipe for grilled largemouth bass. The first ingredient was "1 five pound bass". I still laugh at that.
    • DonkeyHodey
      I eat bass.  I also release bass and typically only keep them to eat when they are by-catch targeting other eaters and I'm in the filleting mood...  (I personally don’t want to keep a bass >~14inches for eating anymore; they don't taste as good (especially in the summer), they have more toxins and I buy the argument that bass help control/balance the bluegill population...) Catch and Release isn’t perhaps the end-all-be-all  for a healthy lake/fishery… Story #1:  My wife caught a nice ~15 incher in mid-May that was missing an eye...--We couldn't keep him then due to season, but it would've been a bit of a dilemma if he’d been caught a week later after full opener.   Do I eat a bigger fish that might be limited to grow big (?mercy killing) or let the survivor continue to survive?   (It did seem likely his lost eye was a result of having been previously caught (?foul hook with a treble hook or removed roughly/carelessly/mishandled?   I could tell stories, and I suppose that could be an interested thread to start:  fish removal techniques you’ve witnessed that horrify you...  This, perhaps, highlights what Del was getting at in terms of harvest vs. annoying the fish…) Agree with Don.  Wasting of ANY fish is awful.  Story #2:  I was fishing this spring in the river and caught a big ol’ beauty of a white sucker (personal best!); when I released it, I was mocked by fellow shore-fishermen for throwing back a "carp" and they advised me the "right thing to do" is pitch it up on the shore...   (there's still alot of fisherman that believe the DNR actually encourages destruction of "rough fish")  I politely reminded them this big treasure is likely providing (through its baby suckers) future countless meals for their precious walleyes…  This argument was laughed at…  But back to bass…--Rodbender—I think you'll find very few anglers interested in a stranger telling them which fish they can or cannot keep...  It comes across as “stop eating MY future big bass!”  A lake is very much designed to thrive with harvest, and I would point out, releasing everything doesn’t always cleanly equal “more big fish.” There's comments here about the northern pike that perhaps highlight this paradox;  numerous lakes in MN had a ridiculous slot limit (release all norts <40 inches) that effectively made nort fishing catch and release (since the central and southern lakes effectively can’t produce a 40 incher and even if it could, eating one would be, well, interesting…).  The goal was to produce more big fish—the end result was lakes infested with <20 inch snakes that no one seems to want (and end up a nuisance by-catch when targeting anything else.)  Furthermore, those numerous small norts grow very slowly (and die of “old age” at 27 inches…)  (…thus, now the DNR is expending resources to try and encourage harvest and hence the (in my opinion) move in the right direction with the 2018 nort regulation changes…)  Yes, I know bass and norts are 2 VERY different species and react differently to lake/season/climate conditions, but lakes/fish/nature doesn’t always behave as we intuitively “know” it will.  A fellow fisher (that is eating “your bass”) might be reducing competition for remaining bass and potentially increasing their growth velocity in the lake.  (I will again repeat:  A lake is very much designed to thrive with harvest--be it humans, eagles, loons, cormorants, bears, snapping turtles, other fish, etc…  I know, we humans tend to be greediest, and take our harvest to unsustainable damaging extremes, but, that’s why we have rules/DNR/etc…  Just my thoughts…) Rodbender—If you want more big bass, there’s a good argument that you should harvest and eat (do not waste!) more small northern pike; they are outcompeting the bass for forage.    (It’ll likely get you farther than trying to guilt/change/bully what is otherwise legal behavior in others…)
    • ozzie
      To the OP: As you get older and wiser you will notice that you can only change what you can control and you cannot control what others think is right.  They are within the law so the only thing to do is get the law changed.  Bass are fun to catch but too many of them and they become a nuisance just like small pike... Also be happy that you are sitting at a landing, getting paid good $$$, to "protect" a lake that more than likely already has most of the invasive species that you are sitting there trying to protect the lake against!!  Sorry but I am not a fan of the AIS inspectors as they just harass most of the time and have absolutely done nothing to stop the spread of invasive species IMO.  My prime example is North Long Lake in Brainerd...4-5 years ago, show up to the landing and see they have a spray station there.  We pull up and talk with the DNR rep and they said they are pressure washing all boat upon exit to spray them for clean travel to next lake.  At this point North Long was listed as a clean lake with no listed invasive species according to the DNR and the DNR employees at the launch that day.  I asked them why wash boats coming out of a clean lake and not washing them before entering said clean lake?  They said it would be too time consuming to wash pre launch!!!! WTF good does it to spray boats exiting a clean lake and not upon entering?!?!?  This is our tax and license dollars being spent on the worst system around: AIS Inspectors!!!!  Keep up the good fight but to me your attempt to educate people on what to keep is about as pointless as you job sitting at the landing protecting lakes that are already invaded by the same species you are trained to find!!!  People who keep bass, start off with a different thought process, as most don't consider bass (let alone bigger bass) good table fare to begin with... 
    • leech~~
      Lol, had this happen many times on lakes in the Brainerd area and north.   One nice quite morning my buddy and I got up before day light to fish for Eye's in a small channel between lakes he has a cabin on.  No one in sight on the lake. About 8:30 am we hear this loud roar coming around the point and about 15 Bass boats with 150 to 300 hp motors flying WOT around the point and right up this small channel!  Thought we were going to get hit or swamped by their wakes! 🤪   I'm all for boys having fun with their toys but asking others to not keep fish they are making a big game out of, not so much! 😕   That being said I have only kept 3 Bass in my life. One's on the wall and 2 I eat to give it a try and never eat another there after. 
    • LoonASea
      Its been years since I targeted bass ,,,, Ever since I fished a lake during a bass tournament and was told to get out of their way because they were fishing a tournament and paid lot of dollars to be there to fish ,,, My response was "If you want to fish here get up earlier tomorrow" ,,, That kinda soured my opinion of bass fishermen ,,,, Respect for the resource and other fishermen is my train of thought ,,, Back to your OP,,, suggesting that the smaller fish make better table fare might be the better approach and not give the idea that you are standing on a pedestal,,, If you contact the DNR ask when fishing with 2 lines will become a reality    
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      Congratulations. Don't be a stranger around here
    • rodbender27
      Thank you for your input and information you have acquired through your experience in the field. I also agree with your words on small pike. It was nice to see the DNR taking a stand on the issue and creating a new set of regulations that will hopefully benefit all areas of our state.  With some of the responses I have gotten and some of my own self-reflection I have begun to realize that there may not be a best way to approach this issue and try and enhance the mindful thinking of others. For me, this is very disheartening as a passionate angler who has had the tradition of enjoying the outdoors passed down to me from multiple generations before. Taking the interest that was instilled in me from an early age and putting in diligent hours on the water to improve my understanding of fish behavior to catch the largest and most savvy bass has presented me with a sense of accomplishment that I would love to see in future anglers. I hate to reduce that possitive thinking because there may not be that possibility for anglers who target all species of fish that swim. As much as I see angling enjoyment decreasing if the selective harvest trend does not continue to increase, the most concerning issue to me is one from an economic standpoint as my home state of Minnesota relies heavily on the market of water related activities as one if its major sources of profit generation. If we as anglers (who make up a large percentage of that consumer market) are not able to enjoy the hobby because of depleted fisheries, i fear there will be much greater consequences. 
    • Wanderer
      My, that’s a pretty fish!
    • Surface Tension
      Sorry to hear that.  I hope the scrap yard has their contact information and they're tracked down.
    • Surface Tension
      The water is cold up there right now but you still might want to try casting spoons from shore.   As mentioned going inland for streamers or hit a Designated Trout Lake https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_lakes/list.html