Part one of this series began with a discussion about researching forums and blogs and state-level bowfishing regulations.
Kayaks and canoes have a few advantages over power boats, and the biggest one is the ability to launch almost anywhere that land meets water (though we’ll see that local regulations are a big impediment to that later in this series). Paddlers refer to these as “launch sites” and you can find a huge database of them mapped out at paddling.com.
Map of kayak and canoe launch points across North America on paddling.com.
Like many sportsmen, I pass a lot of time during the week getting excited for my next weekend adventure, or planning the next outdoor vacation. For all the time we spend in backwaters, we spend even more dreaming of it. It’s part of the fun. This also means that we get pretty good at researching things like maps and weather.
In this four-post series I want to share how I plan kayak bowfishing trips and the tools I use for it. A few notes before I begin:
- While the title here contains “kayak bowfishing,” this information will be useful for any paddling, any bowfishing, and anywhere the two overlap.
- This post DOES cover how to research regulations, plan for a safe paddle, and where to launch your paddlecraft.
- This post DOES NOT cover where to find fish – that part of the battle is more hard-earned than reading about it online!