Asian Carp Bowfishing Guide Charter Peoria, IL

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Capt. Nathan Wallick
(309) 573-3798
peoriacarphunters@gmail.com

peoriacarphunters@gmail.com

*How to Book*

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I charge $150 an hour for the whole group per trip, (Not $150 per person)  I offer a two hour minimum but do not recommend it. Time flies (literally!) when you're hunting these fish.  If you want me to bring the FX Verminator Extreme Arrow Air Gun, I have to charge $10 more an hour. If you are handicapped and can't work a bow, I'll let you use it for free. Trust me, you will want me to bring this gun. The reason I have to charge extra is because its cost is over $3000. I also have to pay to have the portable air tank filled and I have to break down the gun after every outing and clean it. This is the only bow fishing gun in existence and I'll be the first one using it for aerial bow fishing. This gun is perfect if you want to give your arm a rest from the bows and its perfect for kids and people who have a hard time working and operating the bows. This first year will be a trial year to test the guns longevity agains the rigorous wear and tear of this sport. If it works, I'm hoping to get another one and not have to charge extra. 
 
Most groups book four to six hour trips. However, I've had groups go longer. 


I can take up to six people out at one time. 
For groups larger than six, there are plenty of parks and restaurants along the river that are perfect to rotate groups from.  
Send me your 
preference, and I'll reply with my availability. I always do my best to
IL State law requires anyone who is bowfishing or net fishing age sixteen and up to have a current IL fishing license. You can buy a twenty four hour license at any sporting goods store in IL or online at www.dnr.illinois.gov for five dollars, in state/out of state.  Legally, I cannot allow anyone without a license to fish.


This year I will be running out of  Lacon Marina, at 102 Marina Drive, Lacon, IL 61540. It's about 25 miles north of Peoria. Over the past five years I've been running out of Peoria marinas. For some reason the bowfishing has slowed down in that area, so I started taking my clients to Lacon where the bowfishing has been a lot better. Its more scenic, has less boat traffic, there is plenty of wildlife and lots of bald eagles. There are accommodations close by; camping, hotels and food. There's even a burger joint right on the marina. I will still operate out of Peoria upon special request. 
 

Capt. Nathan Wallick
(309) 573-3798
peoriacarphunters@gmail.com

*FAQ*

When is the Best Time to Book? 
Two things affect how much the carp will jump. The first is water temperature. The second is flooding. That said, the most predictable months are usually June through September. During these months the water levels should be at normal pool and the temperature should be up. Depending on conditions, the season can start as early as May. If it stays warm into the late months, the season can go well into October. 


Can I Bring Food /Drinks/Alcohol
I have bottled water on board, but you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink. If you bring alcohol, I have a beer-only policy and it must be in a can. 

What are the Closest Airports? 

Peoria International Airport, located about 30 min. from Lacon.  Central Illinois Regional Airport, in Bloomington, located about an hour away, and O'Hare International Airport,  in Chicago, about two hours away.

Where Can I Stay?

If you are looking for a hotel, I would recommend staying in Peoria/East Peoria. Both are large cities, approx. 25 miles from Lacon. There are many options for lodging, and there are also some interesting museums. One being the Caterpillar museum, as Peoria is the "home" of Caterpillar. There are plenty of restaurants, a Bass Pro Shops, movie theaters, a casino, and just about anything else you might want. Staying in Peoria would give you more options of things to do after your fishing trip with me. There is also a hotel in Henry, IL called Henry Harbor Inn. Henry is a quiet little town a few miles north of Lacon.  http://www.henryharborinn.com 

Camping Options:


Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area
They have water and electric hookups. They do not have bath houses.  This site is five miles south of where I operate in Lacon.  I have had people camp there and they like it.They do not have showers here. 


Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area

225 State Rt. 26

Lacon, IL 61540

309.246.8351 


Chillicothe Recreational Area - About five miles from Lacon. There is an available bathhouse here.

Carl Spindler Campground - located in Peoria, about 26 miles south of Lacon.

 

Do I Need Experience?


Most of my clients have no bow experience.  Once I teach you the proper technique,  you'll get it figured out quickly. Combined with so many opportunities to practice lol you'll pick it up in no time. I have found that someone who bow hunts does not necessarily have an advantage over some one that does not when it comes to this sport.  Sometimes bowhunters have to retrain their habits, where as those starting from scratch, often do not.  For example, deer hunters always wait for that perfect shot and sometimes it is hard for them to reprogram their brain to react to the speed of this sport.  In fact I found that video gamers do very well at this sport.  

Can You Film My Trip? 

I do not film, but I do have different GoPro attachments if you want to bring your own GoPro. Also, my buddy's aerial photography business is awesome. Contact him if you want your trip filmed here.