Bowfishing Tournament on Kaskaskia River July 16

Bowfishing Tournament on Kaskaskia River July 16
Cody Kowalczyk is about as hardcore as they get. Gettin' it done with the bow!

Bowfishing is arguably one of the hottest rages in the archery world today. So if you love to stick arrows, you may want to check out the Rough Fish Roundup THIS WEEKEND on the Kaskaskia River in Southern Illinois. Read the press release from Gretchen Steele here…

BALDWIN, IL – Bowfishing enthusiasts should make plans now for the second annual Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup bowfishing tournament on Saturday, July 16, 2016, on the Kaskaskia River at Wood Duck Marina near Baldwin, IL.  The tournament is hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA).

The tournament will be a daytime event taking place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 16, and will consist of both a Boat and a Walking/Shore Division. The Boat Division will feature a Big 10 format, and the Walking/Shore division will feature a Big 3 format. Big Fish and Small Fish contests will also be held.

Boat Division entry fees are $100.00 per boat, and teams may be comprised of one to four members. The Walking/Shore Division entry fee will be $25.00 per participant. Both divisions will be 100% payback. Payback amounts and the number of places paid will be based on number of entries, with payout guaranteed for top three places in both divisions. Trailering will be allowed to any public access ramp or landing within the Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA). Takeoff will be in the order of registration, and participants may pre-register by emailing, or participants may register on site the morning of the event.  The tournament will be limited to a total of 40 boats, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

In addition to the monetary prizes, an array of bowfishing attendance prizes will be available to all entrants.

“Invasive Asian carp that inhabit our waters and waterfowl management areas are wreaking havoc on the ecosystems,” said Mic Middleton, Kaskaskia River SFWA superintendent. “We know that the Kaskaskia and our fish and wildlife area are target rich environments for bowfishers interested in seeking our underutilized native species of sportfish such as gar, buffalo and drum as well as the invasive carp.  Those who enjoy the sport are also making a contribution toward conservation with every invasive fish that they remove.”

The Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup tournament also gives the community a chance, before the tournament takeoff or during the weigh in, to see the different styles of boats and equipment used, and to learn more about the sport of bowfishing.

“Because we experienced such outstanding community and interagency support and feedback as a result of our inaugural 2015 tournament, we believe the tournament is an excellent way to not only bring much needed tourism and outdoor recreation to the area, but to also help educate the community on how bowfishers are helping remove Asian carp from our waterway,” Middleton added.

For registration and more information, contact Jill Fox at Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area by phone at 618-785-2555, or email or Gretchen Steele at

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