Boating & Fishing

Bowfishing for Carp 2015 season is open at Lake Casitas!

Congratuations to Scott Stanford for winning the grand prize in the second annual bowfishing Carp Rodeo held June 28, 2014! Scott also won the 2013 Carp Rodeo! Carp are classified as an exotic species that can have devastating effects on spawning sites of other fish. Adult carp have almost no predators and are difficult to catch by standard fishing methods.

Program Parameters: The Bowfishing for carp program is subject to change. Bowfishing is allowed for carp only, no other species. Casitas offers an annual season application. The 2015 season began January 1, 2015 and will end December 31, 2015. All California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations apply – bowfishing is an activity authorized by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and requires a valid fishing permit from DFG.

All Lake Casitas Recreation Area ordinances and regulations must be followed.

Program rules are outlined in the Bowfishing for Carp Permit Application and Agreement. The 2015 permit application includes signed liability release and an understanding of the parameters of the program. It will be kept on active file during the carp season. Each person can then be issued a daily permit. See the Bowfishing for carp boundary map.

Daily Permit Required / Issuance after 8 am Only. A daily permit may be issued after confirmation that a completed, signed application and agreement is on file. Daily permits will be issued at no cost after 8 am each day by our uniformed Park Service Officer staff. Once issued, the daily bright orange permit is required to be visible at all times.