Spearfishing along Minnesota / South Dakota Border Now Allowed

Fishing along the mouth of the Current River in Thunder Bay
Fishing along the mouth of the Current River in Thunder Bay

Fishing Week
Fishing along the mouth of the Current River in Thunder Bay
PIERRE, S.D. – FISHING – Spearing of northern pike and catfish is now allowed on all South Dakota / Minnesota border water lakes for anglers possessing a valid South Dakota fishing license and a game fish spearing and archery permit.

Spearing is not allowed on the Bois de Sioux River downstream of White Rock Dam to the North Dakota border. Daily limits are the same as, and in combination with, hook and line limits.

The annual season open for northern pike and catfish spearing on South Dakota/Minnesota border water lakes runs from Nov. 15 to the last Sunday in February. Northern pike and catfish may be taken with legal spears from sunrise to sunset. Only one catfish over 24 inches is allowed daily. Spearers are encouraged to mark holes left in the ice and ice blocks left on top of the ice with natural materials such as tree branches to notify other anglers of the possible hazards.

For more information or to review the 2015 fishing rules and regulations, check out the 2015 Fishing Handbook.