Posted: Sep 21, 2010 6:21 PM by Ariel Wesler
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 6:38 PM
Calling all fishermen! Santa Barbara County leaders could soon allow bow fishing at Lake Cachuma. The county says the lake has seen a dramatic increase in the carp population there. Experts say too many carp can impact other desirable fish species like bass and also impact water quality. Sport fishing has become a popular way to harvest carp in many lakes throughout California.
"It's a lot of fun. Any beginner archer can do it. It doesn't cost much money to get involved in it," said Ken Hemer, a local fisherman. "I think I spent $120 and got a real nice outfit."
The county eventually hopes to hold organized bow fishing tournaments to control the populations while bringing more visitors and money to the area.
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