View Full Version : Bowfishing Big Bear Lake June 13 2010

06-14-2010, 10:08 PM
Fish were deep and it was a tough shoot. I think we ended up with 5 carp. I missed the only decent shot I had at a toad at the marina that actually was near the top of the water. Dave (Dirty Dave) stabbed the most and both him and his brother got their first carp.

Water temp is showing 64 now on BB MWD's website so it's still a little chilly for spawning. I think 65 or 66F was the magic number. A couple more days of warm sunshine and it should be back on.

The clouds were a PITA too, when they go over and block the sun the water goes dark and it's tough to see into the water.

We started at Big Bear Marina, then hit Metcalf Bay, then over to just west of the Observatory and then the flats just west of the public launch in the NE corner of the lake. When we left we drove by the east end of Erwin Lake and the carp were jumping like crazy so that may have been the late afternoon spot. The wind was pretty decent most of the day, laying down for most of the shoot.

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06-15-2010, 12:02 AM
isnt carp not that great to eat ?

06-15-2010, 8:04 AM
looks like fun


06-15-2010, 10:39 AM
I had a great time. It was a little slow, the fish were staying pretty deep like Jesse said. Need heavier arrows to go that deep.

06-15-2010, 10:52 AM
Why wasnt I invited? I would have totally made it out there. I went last year and had a blast. How many pounds total were taken?

06-15-2010, 9:03 PM
The ones who say carp don't taste good never tried any. My grandpa used to gill net carp in the Mississippi River and sell it to NY as cod. They loved it. You can smoke it or grind the meat into fish patties. The problem is the small bones and trying to filet the meat. The fine bones grind up easily and you don't have to worry about them in the patties.

PC, sorry, the invite was open but we didn't mention it here for some reason. Next time. I think Dave had 8 or 9 fish so maybe 35 lbs? Dave would know better. Some buddies gave us 4 fish too. The guys dragging the carp on the stringer in the video.

06-20-2010, 3:00 PM
I smoked some of the carp last night. It came out pretty good.
Here is a pic of my first one. It was the biggest of the day.