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City OK's bowfishing on McDill Pond


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- A lake management district asked the City of Stevens Point to help make it legal to bow fish again.

Krista Olsen from the McDill Lake District says bowfishing for carp used to be common practice on McDill Pond until they found out it was against the law. “The DNR actually brought to our attention that its actually illegal within the city limits because its considered a weapon being discharged, and discharging a weapon is illegal within the city limits.”

Most of McDill Pond is bordered by the City of Stevens Point upstream from the Business 51 bridge. The small part of the pond between the bridge and the dam including the boat landing is in the Village of Whiting.

Council members voted to allow bowfishing on McDill Pond upstream from the Business 51 bridge. Whiting officials have not approved bowfishing, so none will be allowed in that small section of the pond.