When I went out fishing i today, I got to my spot and noticed that there was something wrong. There were at least 20 buffalo left to die on the rocks. Most of them were still alive. After the shock of seeing all these fish subsided, I did what I could to release all of the ones that were still breathing. I don’t know how many of them will make it, but each fish kicked out of my hands.
I’ve seen buffalo and carp scattered on the rocks here and there throughout the year, and it always sickened me. Bowfishers and snaggers could always be seen taking fish out of the water (snagging is illegal in this stretch of river) and throwing them on the grass or into the woods.
My question is for the Iowa DNR - Why is this still legal? Why isn’t bowfishing more regulated? What steps need to be taken in order to protect our fish? I have learned that bigmouth buffalo are an uncommon and rare find in other areas, and their numbers are decreasing rapidly due to the expansion of silver and bighead carp. There are no bighead and silver carp in this stretch of river, only bigmouth. This is a unique fishery, and they are allowing it to be destroyed. .
Sorry for the rant, but I feel this is something that is incredibly important. Thanks.