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Question - Why Bowfish common carp?
Answer - Lucky enough for us bow fisherman the US Fish Commission in the late 1870s introduced Carp to our US waterways and from there almost every state populated their water ways with carp via railway. History demonstrates that the federal and state governments of the US undertook a massive effort to install the carp in all of our waters from coast to coast in an effort that no other country has ever embarked upon. Fast forward to the future and god bless the DFG for regulating Common carp as "rough fish" because of their disruptive feeding activity and invasive reproductive abilities. Come to find out carp are an unwelcome invader. Number 30 of 100 on the list of most invasive species other wise known as Cyprinus Carpio. By uprooting plants and disturbing bottom sediments they cause severe and significant habitat damage, to the detriment of indigenous fish and other animals. Its grubbing behavior muddies the water, reducing light penetration and thus inhibiting the productivity of submerged plants. Their feeding behavior releases phosphorus normally locked up within the bottom sediments, which may result in phytoplankton/ algae blooms. The increased turbidity and reduces visibility, so it affects feeding by sight-dependent fish, and limits their food availability because benthic organisms are smothered by resettled sediment. Common carp dominate water ways by reproducing and growing at an aggressive rate. Common carp lay eggs at a rate of 500k to 2 million eggs per spawn and spawn multiple times per season. They're phenomenal growth rate crowds the water ways for the native fish as well.
So please don't stand bye when some advocacy group or PETA loving idiot wants to protect such an invasive species. Go to the media, attend the meetings stop them before they destroy our American heritage with carp sanctuaries and trophy carp waters.
Carp are not native to the United States and are considered an invasive species. They cause significant environmental disruption, much to the detriment of native fish species. In most jurisdictions in the U.S. it is illegal to return a carp to the water after you catch it, and state governments spend millions of dollars annually in attempts to limit the spread of carp.
Statewide Bowfishing regulations for California inland waterways section 2.25.
Bow and arrow fishing is permitted only for the taking of carp, goldfish, western sucker,Sacramento blackfish, hardhead, Sacramento pike minnow and lamprey, all year.