Although not discussed in my book Backyard Deer Hunting, but completely covered in Practical Bowfishing; carp have almost
started to come into spawning mode where I live in Central Georgia . As temperatures warm in regional lakes, they will start to spawn there too. This is the time to bowfish carp and either put them in the freezer, canning (making salmon in common speak) or smoking them. It does not take elaborate equipment to bowfish carp. An old recurve bow, boat and trailer such as I use can do the job very well. They may be also be shot by wading in the shallows. May is a prime month for taking carp in most of the country.
These three carp were bowfished one day, and one of them became my dinner the next day. The other two are now in my freezer. I like to used these for baked fish and then use the remainder to make a fish salad with diced pickles and mayonnaise.
Practical Bowfishing may be ordered from me by sending a check for $17.95 to Wm. Hovey Smith, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082. This book not only contains information on gear, fish that may be bowfished but also has recipes for cooking carp, gar and other fresh and salt-water fish.