Understanding the Seasonal Changes' Impact on Fish Behavior

Bow fishing is the most thrilling and exciting sport in the spring season in the entire nation. Fish hunting involves using specialized equipment such as bows, arrows, and reels for fishing purposes.

Like many animals, fish are profoundly influenced by the changing seasons, and their behavior adapts accordingly. Factors like changes in temperature, Migration Patterns, feeding, Daylight, and Photoperiod affect the fish breeds. Understanding seasonal fish behavior is essential for any aquarist or angler.

Choosing the Right Fishing Gear

Get your High-quality fishing gear that performs optimally, and increases your chances of success!!

VMX Bowfishing Bow

Meet the Muzzy VXM Bowfishing Bow: Ideal for freshwater and saltwater anglers. Featuring Oneida's lever action tech for smooth draws and deep penetration, this highly adjustable bow offers durability and performance, perfect for the ultimate bow fishing adventure."


  • Magnesium Cast and Machined Riser
  • Weight 3.9 lbs.
  • Adjustable draw weight & length
  • Stainless steel barrel nuts in the riser to prevent galling

AMS Retriever Pro Bowfishing Reel (Left Hand)

The AMS Retriever® Pro offers hassle-free bow fishing with no buttons to press before the shot. Its streamlined design features a stacked line system for easy arrow retrieval, while its durable construction ensures longevity. With integrated features like a telescoping clamp and arrow quiver, adjustments, and storage are effortless, making it the ultimate choice for bow fishing enthusiasts.


  • 25 yds - 200lb High Visibility Orange Dacron Line
  • Telescoping Clamp & Quiver Mount
  • AMS Safety Slide Kit
  • Break Strength: 200 lbs

Practice Bow Fishing Techniques

Bow Fishing is not just about launching an arrow into the water; it's about precision and accuracy to ensure a clean and effective shot. Consistent practice, paired with a deep understanding of the aim and shot placement techniques, will elevate your bow fishing skills and lead to greater success on the water.

Gear Maintenance

General cleaning of gear after each outing is super important for the end of bow fishing season as it helps to increase the life and performance of the equipment.

  • Lubricant Moving Parts
  • Apply waterproof wax for string care
  • Remove batteries of light or laser sight device

Equip Yourself with Protective Gear

Equip yourself with protective gear during bow fishing to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Wearing layers is a great option if you are out for a longer period. If you are bow fishing in swallow waters make use of waterproof boots that keep you dry and protected from chilly waters.

Safety Gear Checklist

  • Warm vest to keep you dry and warm

Sitka Gear Kelvin Aerolite Jacket

  • Sunscreen
  • Rainwear
  • Get Gloves

Sitka Gear Pantanal GTX Glove

  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Lantern

Where Can You Bowfish?

People prefer to fish mostly in freshwater such as lakes, rivers, and streams. You can also target different water bodies such as saltwater, shallow flats, estuaries, bays, and brackish environments. You can do it while walking, Boating, or wading.

Identifying Ideal Locations

The Best Locations and Habitats for Successful Bowfishing depend upon your personal preference, whether you are looking for a large fish or some other breed. Most people go with the areas having clear water bodies and if you are choosing a salt lake or dark waterbody then you can make use of lights for a successful catch

Here are 10 best locations for bow fishing

  1. Trinity River, Texas
  2. Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas
  3. Illinois River At Peoria
  4. Mississippi River
  5. St. Lawrence River
  6. Florida gulf coast
  7. Lake Michigan’s south shore
  8. Louisiana Gulf Coast
  9. Missouri River, Kansas City
  10. California Coast

Pay attention to timing

We can find our ideal catch during the optimal times of the day when fish are more likely to actively search for food, making them more receptive to bait and lures. You will be successful during the daytime in spring season and nighttime bow fishing is successful most times throughout the year, especially in southern states where freezing lakes are not a problem. The bigger fishes are super active during the summer and spring seasons.

Navigating Water Depths

Consider water depth when bow fishing to adjust your shooting technique. In clear water taking a shot is quite easy as you can easily find your target. Whereas in saltwater lakes or muddy waters, you can make use of the right color tone lights such as LANTERN to find fish.

Be Patient and Stealthy

Approach fishing spots quietly and patiently. Wait for the right moment to take your shot, as excessive noise or sudden movements can startle fish and cause them to scatter, making it more challenging for a catch.

Practicing ethical fishing

You should always follow local fishing regulations and guidelines set forth by authorities to protect fish populations and their habitats. By practicing ethical fishing, you can contribute to the conservation and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems.

Documenting Your Success

Creating memories of the whole fishing experience makes it memorable. Consider taking photographs or videos of your catches, showcasing the size and species of fish you've landed. Share your experiences with friends and family.

Hook, Line, and Bow: Dive into Bowfishing Adventures!

Bow fishing is a remarkably fun activity that combines the thrill of fishing with the excitement of archery. Get ready for your next adventure with our tips to bowfish like a pro and follow ethical practices, to minimize environmental impact and to preserve aquatic ecosystems.


James River Archery is a full service archery pro shop located in Springfield, Missouri.

At James River Archery, you’ll find all the best brands in the industry under one roof. We also provide expert repair services to keep you shooting throughout the year. Whether you need a new bow or new accessories, we will have what you need at our everyday low price guarantee! 

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