Spoonbill Bowfishing
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Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 2:24 AM  
Kukodwc, been puzzled for a while about this. Is it legal to bowfish for spoonbill below the low water dam? The regs say you can't keep any foul hooked fish between keystone dam and I-44, but it doesn't mention anything about bowfishing..
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Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM  
I'm not the law on this, but this is what I see at ODWC site.

http://www.eregulations.com/oklahoma/fishing/special-area-regulations/

First 1,000 ft. below any Federal or GRDA dam
Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Unlawful to keep a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth), unless taken in a tailwater open to snagging. Bowfishing prohibited, except Wister, Eufaula, Ft. Gibson, Keystone, and Hudson which are open.


(Note: There are special regulations for spoonbill including tags and days taken)
http://drw.50webs.com/fishing/fishing.html
Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
I'm assuming the low water is a GRDA dam?
Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM  
Yes, but if you scroll down to the Arkansas river regs it says,"From Keystone Dam downstream to I-44 bridge in Tulsa; snagging is prohibited, and keeping a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth) is prohibited." Which mentions nothing about bowfishing.
I also know about the special spoonbill regs.
A house divided can never stand.   -Abraham Lincoln
Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
I've seen bow hunters below zink dam several times (once I watched them shoot a spoonie) I always ask them if it is leagal to bow hunt there and they usually don't know. I always thought it was not legal because of the statement in the regs: First 1,000 ft. below any Federal or GRDA dam Bowfishing prohibited, except Wister, Eufaula, Ft. Gibson, Keystone, and Hudson which are open.
Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
That is why I've been a bit confused, I see people shoot spoonbill all the time in Tulsa, I'm just thinking to myself that can't be legal.
A house divided can never stand.   -Abraham Lincoln
Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
Welcome Micneador. Great question. Often wondered the same thing myself. Since KURT seems to be out on assignment or on vacation, call your local game warden. He's the final word anyway. Just my two cents!
Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM  
I thought the low-water dam at Riverside was City of Tulsa or Tulsa Parks Dept?????? Not GRDA. I actually have video on my youtube channel of a couple guys arrowing and capturing a spoonie from the south platform.
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Posted on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM  
Low-water is Parks Department.
The way I read ODWC regulations - it's legal to bow hunt on the river below Keystone Dam. The pedestrian bridge is below Keystone.

The city might view it different and I know they'd prefer if no one waded in the river or fished from the walkway (some of it is marked "no fishing"), but I don't know what the city ordinances are for the bridge.

I was on the pedestrian bridge this afternoon. Bowhunters were stalking prey from the main thoughoughfare and and in the way. A number of big dead fish were in the water below, so I assume they've had success. It's just not a impressive sight to see big, bloated, dead fish on the shallow river bottom.

My youngest has gone down there to bowfish. He knows what I think. LOL
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Posted on Friday Jul 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM  
I see a lot of people on the ped. bridge all the time. You'd think that it would be a bit illegal and classified under wanton waste to dump the dead fish in the river. Tulsa parks is going to start construction on adding three feet to the old low water or put in a brand new on all together. The website doesn't seem to give you a straight answer.
A house divided can never stand.   -Abraham Lincoln
Posted on Friday Jul 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM  
They haven't the funds yet. Going to court.
A little double-dipping going on.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=12&articleid=20120713_12_0_OKLAHO203195
http://drw.50webs.com/fishing/fishing.html
Posted on Tuesday Jul 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM  
I would suggest to stay on the safe side of the law and ask your game warden: Carlos Gomez 918-857-5557 or Travis Garrett 918-640-0316
Posted on Tuesday Jul 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
I think since it's inside the city of tulsa proper even having a bow with an arrow on it could be considered brandishing a weapon
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Posted on Tuesday Jul 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM  
No, we go there all the time, I know a few of the park rangers just because I'm there quite often. If it was illegal I would have been told by them.
A house divided can never stand.   -Abraham Lincoln
Posted on Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM  
I met a guy that bow fishes for paddlefish. He says he did it below dam at Texoma but since then, that fishery has been closed off.

Micneador...what did you find out?
Posted on Wednesday Oct 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
I haven't really bothered asking anybody falcon, just decided to leave them alone. They are fun to shoot but I'm not fond of the texture of spoonbill.
A house divided can never stand.   -Abraham Lincoln
Posted on Thursday Oct 4, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
Agree that it's not the best eating fish unless you have a big group to feed. Most regular folks can't tell the difference. We soaked ours in milk to get rid of some of the extra oily taste.
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