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get set for speafishing

by Doug Leier

As deer season begins winding down, it's time to start getting set for 2013 spearfishing. North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state watersDecember 1. The season extends throughMarch 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.

Darkhouse spearing is allowed for all residents with a valid fishing license and for residents under age 16. Nonresidents may darkhouse spearfish in North Dakota if they are from states that offer the same privilege for North Dakota residents.

All individuals who participate in darkhouse spearfishing must registerwith the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating. Registration is available at the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office.

All waters open to hook and line fishing are open to darkhouse spearing except:

Braun Lake – Logan County

East Park Lake, West Park Lake, Lake Audubon – McLean County

Heckers Lake – Sheridan County

McClusky Canal

New Johns Lake – Burleigh County

Red and Bois de Sioux rivers

Red Willow Lake – Griggs County

Sweet Briar Dam – Morton County

Anglers should refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide for more information.