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Sep 21, 2010 9:21 PM by Ariel Wesler

County could allow bow fishing at Lake Cachuma

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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