Bow Fishing


Bow Fishing Regulations

Lake Elsinore Municipal Code: Section 8.44.055     Bow Fishing

A.  Bow fishing is defined as tackle that must have the arrow's shaft or the point, or
     both, securely attached by a line to the bow or to a fishing reel (includes crossbow).

B.  Bow fishing is permitted by vessel upon the surface waters of Lake Elsinore, except
     within wading areas, marinas and boating channels.

C.  Bow fishing by persons walking and/or wading along the shoreline is permitted only
     upon that portion of the Levee System between Shoreline Zone Identification sign
     SS2 to Rome Hill (see Shoreline Zone Identification map below).

Lake Map

D.  Bow fishing is restricted to fishing for Carp only.

E.  Bow fishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any person outside the vessel of the
     person bow fishing or adjacent to the person bow fishing by shoreline.

F.  Children 15 years of age or younger are required to be accompanied by an adult in
     order to bow fish.

G.  All fish taken by bow fishing shall be removed from Lake Elsinore and disposed of in 
     a proper manner.  Disposal of Carp into Lake Elsinore, upon the shoreline of Lake
     Elsinore or in public trashcans is prohibited.

H.  The provisions in this Section 8.44.055 are subject to waiver by the City for bow
     fishing events as may be determined by the City Manager, subject to such events
     being authorized pursuant to a special event permit as provided in Chapter 5.108.

LEMC Sec. 1.16.010 Penalty (Summary of Fines):

  • First Violation = $100.00
  • Second Violation = $200.00
  • Each Additional Violation = $500.00
  • PLEASE NOTE: As of September 2nd, 2019, a 2.75% convenience fee will be charged on all credit/debit card payments.

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