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Bowfishing in Texas
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« on: April 05, 2009, 06:39:11 PM »

I found these regulations for bowfishing in Texas on the TPWD site:

Bow Fishing in Texas
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Hunting and fishing regulations are addressed in the Texas Administrative Code. This page summarizes regulations that apply to bow fishing.
Fishing License

A freshwater, saltwater, or all-water license package is required to bow fish in Texas public waters. No additional stamp or license is required.

You don't need a fishing license if you are:

    * Under 17 years of age
    * A Texas resident born before September 1, 1930

A hunting license is required to take turtles and frogs. You may elect to purchase a Combination or Super Combo license, which covers both fishing and hunting. For information on license fees and packages, see the Outdoor Annual.
Legal Equipment

Fish may be taken with longbow, recurved bow, compound bow, or crossbow.
What to Catch

Bows are legal for taking non-game fishes such as gar, common carp, and buffalo. A bow may be used to take any species of fish that is:

    * NOT listed as a game fish on the definitions page and
    * NOT listed as an endangered or threatened species

No minimum lengths or daily bag limits apply to non-game fishes. Exception: For Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, there is a daily limit of one (1) trophy-sized common carp, defined as a carp measuring 33 inches or more. No limits apply to smaller carp.

As of September 1, 2008, bowfishing is no longer a legal method for taking blue, channel and flathead catfish.
Where to Fish

Bow fishing is legal in Texas coastal waters and in most rivers and large lakes. However, this method is not allowed in:

    * Community Fishing Lakes: public impoundments of 75 acres or less, located within a city or a public park (see list)
    * Lakes lying totally within the boundaries of a Texas state park, or anywhere on state park property

The Lower Colorado River Authority prohibits bow fishing in Bastrop and Fayette County lakes and enforces special regulations on bow fishing in other Central Texas reservoirs.

Other agencies may have regulations about carrying weapons in their lakeside parks. When visiting one of these areas, it's a good idea to check first with the managing agency.

TexasHunter and maybe TexasHunterFisherman! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011, 09:28:44 PM »

Interesting regs. I haven't been bowfishing yet, but I will soon!!!  Grin

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