10 Best Bowfishing Destinations

10 Best Bowfishing Destinations

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.


Recommended for You

These tools and tactics are what minimalist tree saddle hunters use to climb! Treestands & Blinds

How Do You Get Up the Tree for Saddle Hunting?

Greg Staggs

These tools and tactics are what minimalist tree saddle hunters use to climb!

Timing and presentation are key to a successful decoy strategy. Whitetail

How To Use Deer Decoys In The Rut

John Dudley

Timing and presentation are key to a successful decoy strategy.

Follow Bill Winke's tips to ensure you have the most accurate bowhunting setup possible. How-To

Goof-Proof Tips For Sighting-In Your Bow

Bill Winke

Follow Bill Winke's tips to ensure you have the most accurate bowhunting setup possible.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Bill Winke

Bill Winke's Bowhunting Treestand Set-Up Tips

Field Editor Bill Winke provides bowhunting treestand set-up tips that'll help make life easier when it's go time in the fall.

Center Shots: How to Improve Your Bow Tuning

Center Shots: How to Improve Your Bow Tuning

Field editor Bill Winke goes over steps you can take to improve the tuning on your bow.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We've rounded up the best new compound bows at the 2019 ATA Show. Here are our top picks for the year! ATA Show

Best New Bows for 2019

Tony J. Peterson - January 10, 2019

We've rounded up the best new compound bows at the 2019 ATA Show. Here are our top picks for...

Mid-Summer Is Prime Time to Watch Large-Racked Bucks — and Stoke Fall Enthusiasm! How-To

Summer Scouting Spectacular

Bill Winke - July 17, 2019

Mid-Summer Is Prime Time to Watch Large-Racked Bucks — and Stoke Fall Enthusiasm!

We've rounded up the best new fixed-blade broadheads from the 2019 ATA Show. Check out our top picks! ATA Show

New Fixed-Blade Broadheads for 2019

Brian Strickland - January 10, 2019

We've rounded up the best new fixed-blade broadheads from the 2019 ATA Show. Check out our top...

See More Stories

More Bowfishing



There's no better way to spend a sultry summer's day than knee deep in cooling water shooting Bowfishing

Cool Down With Bowfishing!

Patrick Meitin - July 11, 2012

There's no better way to spend a sultry summer's day than knee deep in cooling water...

My favorite place to bowfish right now is in Washington on the Snake River just below Chief Joseph Bowfishing

10 Best Bowfishing Destinations

Patrick Meitin - April 22, 2014

My favorite place to bowfish right now is in Washington on the Snake River just below Chief...

Being a predator hunter, I have a passion for heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping adventures. From Bowfishing

Catch of a Lifetime: Jeff Thomason's Bowfishing World Record Mako Shark

Jeff Thomason - January 29, 2015

Being a predator hunter, I have a passion for heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping adventures....

See More Bowfishing

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×