The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently announced new bowfishing rules for Utah residents. Bowfishing has become increasingly popular in recent years and is one of the most exciting ways for Utah fishermen to expand their weekend fishing activities.
Bowfishing is fun and inexpensive. Typically people start bowfishing by using a fiberglass bow to fish in shallow water.
The biggest change for Utah bowfishing this year is that fishermen are now allowed to use spotlights to fish at night.
There are two big exceptions to the new nighttime bow fishing rule:
- Tributaries of Utah Lake are closed from sunset to sunrise from May 1 to the second Saturday of July.
- Some other lakes, including Lake Powell, have areas that are closed.
Other rules concerning bowfishing is that bowfishing is typically limited to nongame fish and there are several bodies of water where people can only bowfish for carp. Individuals who fail to adhere to these restrictions may be charged with illegally taking fish.
Fishermen are reminded that archery tackle is considered a weapon and therefore cannot be discharged within 600 feet of a structure. Some Utah communities may also have specific ordinances which prohibit the discharge of a bow within city limits, so it is best to check with a local city office before undertaking any bowfishing activities.