LCRA bowfishing regulations
About the Program
LCRA is continuing a program to allow bowfishing on most of the Highland Lakes from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The program allows bowfishing from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. only on lakes Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis.
Anyone bowfishing under this program must comply with the requirements below. This program does not in any way affect the prohibitions against hunting with, possessing, or shooting a weapon on LCRA land (see Texas Parks and Wildlife Code §62.081 or the LCRA Land and Water Use Regulations). LCRA reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time.
Anyone bowfishing under this program must:
Any violations of these requirements will be considered a violation of the LCRA Land and Water Use Regulations.
Anyone bowfishing under this program must use bowfishing equipment that complies with these requirements:
- The arrow used must be constructed of a solid shaft and equipped with a heavy fishing point. Arrows designed for flight through the air are not permitted.
- There must be attached to the arrow a line or cord with a test strength greater than or equal to a 50-pound test line.
- The bow used to propel the arrow must be one that is hand-pulled and hand-released. Crossbows and draw locking mechanisms are prohibited. All other equipment and activities must comply with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Outdoor Annual Handbook. Individuals with disabilities should contact LCRA Conservation Services at 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 7213 for additional information.
Public Safety Requirements
Anyone bowfishing under this program must comply with these public safety requirements:
- The taking or attempting to take fish by the use of a bow and arrow may not be performed within 75 feet of the outer limits of any marked and designated swimming area or within 50 feet of any boat dock, pier or restricted or residential areas.
- On Lake LBJ, bowfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of the intake and outlet canals related to the Ferguson Power Plant.
- All bowfishing must take place from a boat. Bowfishing is not allowed from the bank, from a boat dock, or while wading.
- Boaters should be courteous to lakefront property owners with respect to noise (airboats and generators) and light setups (angles and number of lights)
- All fish taken should be removed from the lake and disposed of in a responsible manner.
For more information, contact Ask LCRA or call 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 7213.
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