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    Default Spearing In Alaska

    Hi, Im from Minnesota, and spearing is a fairly big thing down here. I may be coming up to my cousins cabin in AK this spring, and Im inteested in doing some spearing up there. What are the regulations for non residents? What do licenses cost? Is it just a normal fishing license? Thanks for the info.
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    Default Sport Regs

    Sport fishing gear: Unless provided in 5 AAC 75.020 -- 5 AAC 75.049 (area-specific regulations), or by the area regulations in 5 AAC 46 -- 5 AAC 70, sport fishing may only be conducted by the use of a single line having attached to it not more than one plug, spoon, spinner, or series of spinners, or two flies, or two hooks. The line must be closely attended. The use of any explosive or toxicant for taking fish in the waters of Alaska is prohibited

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    They don't mention spearfishing in freshwaters but they do say by hook line and sinker

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    Default pike and whitefish

    regulations in many areas allow for spearing of pike, and there is a small spearfishery for whitefish that i don't really know anything about.
    the whitefish fishery may be a P/U fishery and limited to residents, but pike should be covered by a non-res sport license.
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    ok, thanks for the info, If anyone else has anything to add, chime in.
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    I just called the Alaska fish and game and they said spearing is legal sportfishing gear for northern Pike.

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    I've never done it, but it sure sounds like fun.

    http://www.wildlifenews.alaska.gov/i...rticles_id=198

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    Smile Spearfishing

    I have speared a few pike over the years due to the graciousness of friends who owned darkhouses, and knew how to use them. It can be alot of fun if you get enough fish activity to keep you really interested and eyes on the hole. I found that I watched the decoy going round and round which gave me a hard time seeing fish initially. Once I got the hang of it I liked it, especially due to the fact that you don't have to mess around with the little fish. This type of fishing can be very selective if you have the patience to wait.

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    When I was a child in Michigan we speared in darkhouses.. what a riot. We made a larger hole but it was worth the effort. The nice thing was we were warm and once you got the hang of it, you could see easily. I can't count the number of pike I missed though.. took me a bit to get the hang of it.

    I don't think I'd do this much here in Alaska. I have not seen many fish huts or darkhouses out on the lakes and the ice tends to freeze rather deep. Back home once put out, they stay and you maintain them all winter long.
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    I talked to a guy who flew out and speared a few using a quikfish style tent.

    Seems to be a consensus that most of what you can get to by road is probably going to be pretty well picked over.

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    The way I do it, is using a portable and an ice saw. It truly is a blast to do. Im from minnesota, so thick ice is no stranger to me. The whole reason I asked is my cousin and his family have a remote cabin, and if I go up while there is still ice, I may want to try it out up there. Thanks for the replies.

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    Thumbs up Spear fishing

    I do it from a wooden darkhouse. Bring your own gear as good stuff can be hard to find up here. Those water weighted Plastic decoys really suck!
    Also use an Ice saw and it works great.
    Unlike Minnesota Alaska has no regs against eggshell, potato peels, etc.
    You might also try posting on the ice fishing forum or try: http://www.iceshanty.com
    They have a spear fishing section with a few Alaska guys posting on it.
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    Most of the pike waters I fish are very dark. Visibility is limited so I stick with tip ups. People spear in Alaska but it won't be the same as staring down gin clear water like you'll find in most of Minnesota.

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