Bowfishing, spearing regulations for nongame species

Bow fishing is getting to be an increasingly popular activity in the outdoors, but there are some regulations that should be noted.

Harvesting carp and other nongame fish still requires a license, and hook-and-line, archery equipment and spears are the only legal methods of taking fish. Snagging nongame fish is illegal.

Anglers should plan beforehand on what they intend to do with the fish they take.

Some zoos accept the fish but dumping them on the shoreline is illegal.

Leaving dead fish on the shoreline or in the water is considered a littering violation. Game wardens and other law enforcement officers can cite people for the violation, with the minimum penalty a $100 littering violation.

The maximum penalty could be a Class B misdemeanor which can bring up to a $1,000 fine and possible loss of fishing and hunting privileges.

Legal archery equipment is any bow to which an arrow is attached by a line and equipped with a harpoon style point or wire-barbed point.

Legal spear equipment is any manually powered shaft with barbed points. The spear head can’t exceed 12 inches in width.

Use of night vision equipment or electronically enhanced light-gathering optics, including all lights used for locating and shooting at fish, is legal.