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Bow fishing on Lake Shelbyville
Posted: 10 September 2015 08:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A friend of mine said he had bow fished Lake Shelbyville both below the dam and in the main lake and shot some monster carp. When I look at the DNR book it does not say anything about even being able to bow fish on the lake at all. Anyone know for sure on this?
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Posted: 11 September 2015 07:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I know it gets bowfished, I’ve found the dead ones but not sure what the law is.  Check the IDNR website.

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Posted: 11 September 2015 08:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’ve seen as many as 6 guys below Lake Decatur dam shooting asian carp.  Always wondered if it was legal, but never looked it up.

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Posted: 11 September 2015 03:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have bowfished the main lake many times.  Pretty much open everywhere except around the marinas.  Houseboat owners don’t appreciate arrows hitting their hulls.  Don’t know about below the damn.  One would think to stay away from the concrete/riprap fishing areas.

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Posted: 14 September 2015 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have checked the IDNR website… But, couldn’t find anywhere where it said one way or the other.

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Posted: 14 September 2015 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have checked the IDNR website… But, couldn’t find anywhere where it said one way or the other.

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Posted: 14 September 2015 01:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Try calling Wolf creek state park.  The CPO used to have an office there I believe.

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Posted: 14 September 2015 01:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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If not I’m sure they could have the CPO call you

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Posted: 01 October 2015 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Sorry it took me so long to see this! Yes, bowfishing is legal at Lake Shelbyville and we have held tournaments there for some time. When you look up bowfishing regs for a specific site - you have to look in the fishing digest in the site specific regs. If it has one of the number indicators related to bowfishing follow that rule attached to the number. If it’s listed as two pole and line only - no bowfishing.  If there is no pole and line only designation, and no other designation regarding bowfishing via that little number, then you are good to go. Some sites restrict species, seasons, areas, so that’s why you always need to check the site specific regs in the fishing guide.
This time of year Shelbyville is usually good for big buffs!

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