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    Default Bowfishing in Alaska?

    Hey I'm wondering if there are any species of fish that can be caught by bow fishing with bow and arrow?

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    I think you can only bow fish for pike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson5 View Post
    Hey I'm wondering if there are any species of fish that can be caught by bow fishing with bow and arrow?
    There are a number of opportunities for fishing with a bow and arrow. Pike, Burbot, Whitefish, etc... Just depends on the specific area and season. The best way to look for the opportunities is to download the area-specific sport fishing regs from the ADF&G website, then do a word search for "arrow". It will pull up every reference for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson5 View Post
    Hey I'm wondering if there are any species of fish that can be caught by bow fishing with bow and arrow?
    Some of us used to take fresh salmon from Ship Creek with bows and fishing arrows. That, though, was more than sixty years ago.

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    In Southcentral, pike are the main thing you can take. The ADF&G has a video on pike that shows spear and bow fishing tactics - as well as others. Its only about 7.00 and well worth it. I bought the fishhawk fish bow and I love it - very excellent for taking pike.

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    Default Bowfishing in Alaska?

    Thanks for all the info guys. I got a buddy who was wondering about it. He used to do it back home. Something i would like to get into as well. Can you use a regular compound bow that would normally be used for large game? I have a PSE Diamondback about 9 years old I hunt with. Set at about 65 lbs draw weight.

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    Yes you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson5 View Post
    Can you use a regular compound bow that would normally be used for large game?
    You can, but traditional archery tackle works much better in my opinion. You have to make quick shots and instinctive shooting is the way to go when bowfishing. The reason why instinctive shooting works well is because you have to compensate for refraction, quick reflex shots, a moving boat, and a moving fish that is a very skinny target that is about the width of a alder or willow sapling underwater, instinctive shooting works best. I have done quite well on some of the side sloughs of the Deshka River and Moose Creek which flows into the Deshka River. You don't really have time to mathematically calculate all the variables in your shot and use a sight pin. It just works best to trust your gut and instincts that the good Lord gave you.

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    ive been bow fishing pikenow for 2 solid years and have gotten a few very nice pike. i baught a recurve at 55 lb so i can use it for anything but have recently tried a compound. i wont use anythingbut my recurve again. it seems to shoot much steadier into the water such as you get much less bubbles because your arow is actualy straight and not flexing as fishing arrows are heavy and some very heavy i do like the bigger bows. i have shot a 35 lb recurve for fish and after about 5-10 foot of water you could see a huge differance between it and the 55 lb but up close the 55 will bury an arow to the point of no return depending on how weedy it is such as redshirt area use cheap arrows and bring a few. take your time to find a smaller lake that has a large population of pike and in the spring times walk the bank kicking the edge of the water and you will find tons of 6 inch pike to target practice on and once you start makeing a baby pike 2 peices try for the big guys and have great succses! i do have a very nice practice spot.

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