My favorite place to bowfish right now is in Washington on the Snake River just below Chief Joseph State Park, just west of Lewiston, Idaho. When I lived in New Mexico my favorite place to bowfish was Caballo Lake near Truth or Consequences, N.M. I’ve had plenty of fun skewering literally tons of carp (and buffalo fish in New Mexico) from these places. Of course, this has everything to do with ready accessibility and intimate familiarity.
But let’s say you have some vacation time at your disposal and a few bucks set aside to cover travel costs, lodging and maybe even a guide. When compared to big-game hunting, bowfishing guides are dirt cheap, even for glamour species such as sharks and alligator gar.
Where would I go then? Well, that’s an entirely different matter. That’s like comparing backyard whitetail hunting to a long-awaited whitetail foray to Iowa or Kansas—unless, of course, you live in these places, then you probably dream of bowhunting elk out West.
My point is that while you may have pretty good bowfishing right in your own backyard, the sport also offers a cornucopia of opportunities and unique targets. Any Top 10 hotspot list will invariably point to bigger fish, though added variety and unfathomable target numbers are also high on many bowfishermen’s list.
So with those criteria in mind, and the input of bowfishing guru Mark Land from Muzzy Products, here’s our list of the best bowfishing destinations.