Welcome to the Oregon Bowfishing Association

The sport

What is bowfishing?

Bowfishing is a method of fishing that uses  specialized archery equipment to shoot and retrieve fish. Fish are shot  with a barbed arrow that is attached with special line to a reel mounted  on the bow. Some freshwater species commonly hunted include common  carp, grass carp, bighead carp, alligator gar, and paddlefish. 

Legal Oregon fish are Carp and Suckers ONLY!!!!!!!

Bowfishing Setups

 This is a matter of personal   preference.  The retriever reel is probably the most popular reel.  It  has no drag, no button to push, and rarely tears up.  The disadvantage  to  is that it's slower to get fish in and many times the line falls out and  gets  tangled in things.  These reels use the Muzzy extreme type line or  Brownell  400# Fast Flight works extremely well too.  Some prefer the push button  spincast type reel.  It uses the fast flight 200# line on a reel seat.   It offers quick  retrieves, an adjustable drag for fighting fish, and you don't have to  worry  about your line going everywhere.  These reels use the 200# fast flight  or  150# tournament smaller diameter line.  This is preferred reel of most  tournament  shooters.  A hand wrap reel is for the beginning bowfisherman on budget,   but you will probably quickly outgrow it.  Most any bowfishing rest will  work,  the AMS Wave Rest and Muzzy Fish Hook are two of the most popular.   Avoid  using regular deer hunting rests, this can be dangerous and they are not   designed for that.  For bows, most any compound or traditional bow will  work.  I've seen people shoot as low as 27 lbs on most anything up to 60   lbs.  35-55 lbs is probably the most common weight and effective on most   anything.   


 An ecosystem is made up of all living  organisms interacting together in their environment. When the  environment is changed, the ecosystem changes and can be destroyed along  with the animals living in it. In the U.S., carp (the most  common bowfishing species) is considered a “rough fish” and is  destructive to native species. It is listed as one of the world’s “100  Worst Invasive Species,” and can repopulate at an alarming rate. A  single carp can lay over one million eggs in a single year.

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