Bowfishing is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the country. Many hunters bowfish during the off-season and it’s a fun activity for fisherman during the long, hot dog days of summer. If you are looking to get into bowfishing for the first time or simply want to hone your technique, there are plenty of online sources of help. These how-to videos and organizations can help you track down the needed information on the gear, strategies and skills to boost your confidence and success.
GEAR & GETTING STARTED
More gear options exist today for bowfishing than ever before. You can start simple with what you already have or jump right into specialized equipment. Here are some resources to help you get ready for the water:
PLACES TO GO
This interactive fishing map shows waters that have been identified with good bowfishing potential and access in Nebraska. Special regulations for each location are listed when you click on the fishing icon, along with other location specific information you might need.Bowfishing Map
Not all waters are the same. Get to know the habitat your intended target prefers and you narrow your search down to the best places to find the fish. The Archery Trade Association – Explore Bowfishing has some pointers for helping get you on fish in rivers and lakes.
As the popularity of Bowfishing grows so do the resources for finding help and getting involved. The Bowfishers of Nebraska is a one such group that can help provide support and advances the sport of bowfishing through educational outreach and events.
BOWFISHING RECIPES & TIPS
Arrowed fish is good. Give some forethought to your impending success and you will be ready for some mouthwatering meals, locally sourced from your excursions on Nebraska’s waters.
For the best eats, cool your fish quickly. Having a designated cooler nearby your bowfishing area is ideal. Keeping the fish clean and away from direct sunlight.
As soon as you are able, fillet or dress your catch. Be sure to get all the meat clean, remove as much of the fat, and blood as possible.
1. Take a fillet of Asian carp.
2. Wrap it in aluminum foil with preferred seasonings and butter.
3. Place it on the top rack of an empty dishwashing machine.
4. Run a full cycle (without any dirty dishes).
5. When the dishwasher turns off, the fish is poached in the aluminum foil packet.
6. The poached meat flakes off the bone and can be used any recipe that calls for fish.