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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:10 PM 04/15/08 (CST)
How do I find specific areas where bowfishing is legal? The DNR regs. don't specify anything. Pretty much it sounds legal as long as you're target rough fish and you have a license?

An "off duty DNR officer" came to me today and said I couldn't be bowfishing in rice creek off HWY 10 in Ramsey county.

I want to bowfish this spot but I don't want to be breaking laws (even though I saw about ten people snagging carp with treble hooks).. So any info would be great?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:53 AM 04/16/08 (CST)
A bow may be transported uncased and discharged while taking rough fish in a boat powered by an electric motor. Crossbows may not be used to take rough fish, except by disabled persons who have a valid crossbow permit. Permit applications are available from the DNR Information Center or through the DNR Web site.

  • Arrows must be attached to the bow with a tethered line. Broadheads must have barbs for night bowfishing.
  • Night bowfishing noise levels may not exceed 84 decibels.
  • Must take reasonable measures to retrieve arrows and wounded fish.
  • Rough fish may not be taken by spear, harpoon, archery, or dip net in designated trout lakes or streams.
  • Check local firearms and archery ordinances that may apply while bow-fishing in or near cities.
  • Licensed anglers and children under 16 may take rough fish by spearing, harpooning, archery, and hand-held dip nets on all inland waters, except where taking fish is prohibited. All rough fish, except cisco (tullibee), may be bought and sold.
  • Hand-held dip nets shall not have hoops exceeding 24 inches in diameter. (For more on smelt, see page 19.)
  • Harpoons (spears) must have a tethered line not more than 20 feet long, may be discharged only when the equipment and the operator are entirely under the surface of the water, and may not be used within 1,000 feet of a swimming beach.
  • It is unlawful to possess at or near waters a spear, net, or any device other than angling line that can take fish from Feb. 25, 2008–April 30, 2008 and Feb. 16, 2009–April 30, 2009. The exception is landing nets used for angling.
  • Speared or dead rough fish may not be returned to the water or left on the ice or banks of any lake or stream.

  • The following described water bodies are open to night bowfishing from June 1 to the last day in August.
    County - Lake name - (DOW number) Location
    (1) Becker County:
    Big Cormorant (3-576) T.138, R.42, S.7,18,19,30; T.138, R.43, S.1,11-14,22-25
    Dahlberg (3-577) T.138, R.42, S.6; T.138, R.43, S.1; T.139, R.42, S.31; T.139, R.43, S.36
    Leif (3-575) T.138, R.42, S.5,6; T.138, R.43, S.1; T.139, R.42, S.31
    Larson (3-596) T.138, R.43, S.10
    Middle Cormorant (3-602) T.138, R.43, S.15,21,22
    Nelson (3-595) T.138, R.43, S.9,10,15,16
    Rossman (Erickson) T.138, R.43, S.3,4,9,10 (3-587)
    Upper Cormorant (3-588) T.138, R.43, S.4,5,8,9,15,16,17
    (2) Benton County:
    Little Rock (5-13) (upstream of the new T.37, R.31, S.2,3,10,11,14;
    Gordon Bridge) T.38, R.31, S.34,35
    (3) Big Stone County:
    Big Stone (6-152) T.121-124, R.46-49, S.Various
    (4) Blue Earth County:
    Loon Lake (7-96) T.107, R.28, S.2-4,10,11
    Crystal Lake (7-98) T.107, R.28, S.4,5; T.108, R.28, S.32,33
    (5) Carver County:
    Waconia (10-59) T.116, R.24, S.6,7,18; T.116, R.25, S.1,2,10-15
    (6) Chisago County:
    South Center Lake T.33, R.20, S.2,3,4,9,10; (13-27) T.34, R.20, S.34,35
    Green Lake, including T.33, R.20, S.6,7,18,19;
    Little Green (13-41) T.33, R.21, S.12,13,23,24,25,26
    (7) Cottonwood County:
    North Oaks Lake (17-44) T.105, R.38, S.5,8; T.106, R.38, S.32
    (8) Crow Wing County:
    Borden Lake (18-20) T.44, R.28, S.2,9,10,11, 14,15,16,22
    (9) Douglas County:
    Mary Lake (21-92) T.126,127, R.38, S.Various
    Maple Lake (21-79) T.127, R.37, S.19,20,29-32; T.127, R.38, S.25-36
    (10) Goodhue County:
    Byllesby (19-6) T.112, R.18, S.8,9,10,11, 14,15,16,17
    (11) Grant County:
    Pomme de Terre (26-97) T.129, R.41, S.5-7,29-32; T.130, R.42, S.12,25,36
    (12) Hubbard County:
    Upper Twin Lake (29-157) T.138,139, R.34, S.6,31
    (13) Jackson County:
    Loon Lake (32-20) T.101, R.35, S.18,19; T.101, R.36, S.13,24,25
    (14) Kandiyohi County:
    Big Kandiyohi (34-86) Bowfishing is not allowed within 330 T.117, R.34, S.3; feet of the island. T.118, R.34, S.20-23,26-29,31
    Long Lake (34-192) T.120, R.35, S.11-15,22,23
    East Solomon Lake T.120, R.35, S.20,21,28-30; (34-246) T.120, R.36, S.25
    (15) Lincoln County:
    Hendricks (41-110) T.112, R.46, S.18,19; T.112, R.47, S.13,24
    (16) Le Sueur County:
    Dora Lake (40-10) T.110, R.23, S.3,4,9,10
    Sabre Lake (40-14) T.110, R.23, S.29,30
    Gorman Lake (40-32) T.110, R.23, S.7; T.110, R.24, S.11-14
    German Lake (40-63) T.109, R.24, S.4,5,8,9
    East, Middle, and West
    Jefferson Lake (40-92) T.109-110, R.24-25, S.Various
    (17) Martin County:
    East Chain (46-10) T.101, R.29, S.7,18,19; T.101, R.30, S.13,24
    Cedar Lake (46-121) T.103, R.32, S.19,30; T.104, R.33, S.1,24,25,26
    Bright Lake (46-52) T.101, R.31, S.8,9,16,17
    (18) Meeker County:
    Jennie Lake (47-15) T.118, R.29, S.20,21,27-29,32,33
    Washington (47-46) T.118,119, R.29,30, S.Various
    (19) Murray County:
    Currant Lake (51-82) T.108, R.42, S.7,18;
    T.108, R.43, S.12,13
    Bloody Lake (51-40) T.108, R.40, S.20,28,29
    Fox Lake (51-43) T.108, R.40, S.21,22,27,28
    First Fulda
    (South Fulda Lake) T.105, R.40, S.35,36 (51-21)
    (20) Nobles County:
    West Graham Lake T.104, R.39, S.15,16,21,22 (53-21)
    (21) Olmsted County:
    Zumbro Lake (55-414) T.108, T.109, R.14, S.Various
    Shady Lake (55-5) T.108, R.14, S.7,8,17,18; T.108, R.15, S.12
    (22) Ottertail County:
    Big Pine (56-130) T.136,137, R.38, S.Various
    Eagle (56-253) T.131, R.40, S.10,11,14,15
    Jolly Ann (56-370) T.131, R.40, S.13,24; T.131, R.41, S.13,24
    Pickerel (56-475) T.134, R.41, S.10-15
    North Ten Mile (56-604) T.131, R.42, S.16,17,20,21
    Ten Mile (South Ten Mile) (56-613) T.131, R.42, S.21,27-29,32-34
    (23) Pine County:
    Pokegama (58-142) between the Pine County Highway 11 bridge on the north end of the lake and the Pine County Highway 53 bridge and Pine County Highway 7 on the south T.39, R.22, S.13,14,23,24, end of the lake 25,26,35,36
    (24) Polk County:
    Union (60-217) T.147,148, R.42,43, S.Various
    Maple (60-305) T.148,149, R.43,44, S.Various
    (25) Pope County:
    Reno (61-78) T.126,127, R.37,38, S.Various
    Minnewaska (61-130) T.125, R.38,39, S.Various
    (26) Rice County:
    Circle Lake (66-27) T.111, R.21, S.15-17,21,22
    Fox Lake (66-29) T.111, R.21, S.26,27
    Union Lake (66-320) T.136,137, R.38, S.Various
    Rice Lake (66-48) T.110, R.22, S.16,17,20,21
    (27) Scott County:
    Cedar (70-91) T.113, R.22, S.7,18,19; T.113, R.23, S.12,13,24
    (28) Swift County:
    Monson Lake (76-33) T.121, R.37, S.3; T.122, R.37, S.35,36
    Camp Lake (76-72) T.122, R.38, S.1; T.123, R.38, S.36
    Oliver Lake (76-146) T.121, R.43, S.1; T.122, R.43, S.26,27,35,36
    (29) Traverse County:
    Traverse (78-25) T.125,127, R.47-49, S.Various
    Mud Lake (78-222) T.136, R.39, S.3,4;

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