Tuesday, June 19, 2012

First Bowfishing Trip

For Father's Day weekend my brother and my dad decided to spend the afternoon chasing carp. This was the first time any of us had been out bowfishing but have always wanted to go. We had never been to the reservoir that we were headed to but had heard that there were just hundreds of carp in this reservoir.

We found a boat dock and asked one of the guys where the best place to see carp would be. He mentioned that there was a 54 pounder shot right in the bay we were launching from. This gave us pretty high hopes. Just as we launched the boat out and headed back into the bay, we noticed a little carp up near the surface but it was just as we were motoring over top of him so there was no shot. We took this as a good sign for the day.

As we were motoring around slowly to find a spot to anchor down, we realized that we were in some very shallow water. We looked and we couldn't even see the bottom because it was so muddy and the carp were swimming around but we couldn't even see them. We were getting frustrated as we sat there waiting to see some carp near the boat but they decided to jump out of the water tempting us just out of shooting distance. We finally decided to walk the bank to see if we could see some carp near the edge. It was extremely muddy and luckily I had packed my rubber boots to trudge through the mud because my brother had to take his shoes off and go barefoot.

I found a good spot to sit and watch the water for carp and I watched as the mud would swirl around but I couldn't see the fish. I finally caught a glimpse of a fin and watched as I was poised to shoot. I finally decided it was either shoot or watch the fin swim away and so I pulled my PSE King Fisher back and let the arrow fly. I couldn't tell if it connected or not until I saw my line being stripped from my reel. I pulled the fish in and was excited! He was just over 8lbs. I waited about 10 minutes later and along came another group of carp and I did the same thing, just saw some fins and let an arrow fly. This time it was a 9 pound carp! I was on a roll!

Bowfishing American Falls
My 9 Pound Carp

American Falls Reservoir Carp Bowfishing
Left: 9lbs Right: 8.4 lbs
American Falls Reservoir Bowfishing
My Brother and his Carp
Bowfishing American Falls Idaho
My dad and I with some of our carp
Unfortunately I never got a shot at another one but I was excited to have finally gone out and see some carp. It was a blast. My dad in the meantime was fishing for carp from the boat and I never heard him holler so much in my life. He caught three of them and each one he said fought like they were 50 pound fish. My brother also was able to arrow a carp on this trip! It was a great way to spend Father's Day weekend by spending it with my dad and my brother. Unfortunately my youngest brother had to work but we sure missed him out there. The only draw back was when I had to go to the hospital and get stitches. I had a knife close on my hand while cleaning some fish and I had to get 6 stitches in my index finger. But I guess I will have something to always remember Father's Day 2012.


  1. Looks and sounds like you guys had a great time! This give me hope. Awesome pics, too.

    1. Thanks Al. It was a blast. We are still learning but I was excited to nail a couple carp! You will get hooked!

  2. Man, I can't wait to get out and try that!

    1. Seriously Mark it is so much fun! You will thoroughly enjoy it. Definitely worth getting into.

  3. Great post Dustin! Sorry to hear you had to get stitches, but at least it was after a successful outing, right?

    1. That's right! It will be a fishing story to remember!