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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:29 PM 12/18/09 (CST)
Hey. Kenneth Dahl here. Let's talk about Darkhouse Spearing. Who is excited about spearing season? I'll start off the conversation by introducing some inspirational images of the sport...
Enjoy.....


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:41 PM 12/18/09 (CST)
Hey darkhouseartist,

I moved this to the General Fishing Forum. This is where discussions are started pertaining to fishing in general. The Reports forum is for reports on geographical areas. I hope you don't mind. grin smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:48 PM 12/18/09 (CST)
that's cool...
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:06 PM 12/18/09 (CST)
I love the sport as well, unfortunately won't be able to put the house out this year, but fortunately the reason is I was called back to work after a year off. Only the second year ever I won't be able to spear, but the work check has taken top priority this year over sitting in the darkhouse. IMO, there a very few sports that equal the thrill and excitement of spearing.

And again, love the art, keep the pics coming!!!


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:49 AM 12/19/09 (CST)
This is very beutifull work! This is slowly becoming a lost art. Last year my middle son (11) asked me about some ice house we would pass all the time going out to our crappie hole and I told him they were spear houses. He gave me a stupid look and right there I knew I had to turn the truck around. I went up to the first house and gently knocked on the door and explained to him that my son was looking for an explaination. 1 hour later we left and there no further questions! What a great guy and a great past time!



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:22 AM 12/19/09 (CST)
My prediction...
It will eventually be banned in Minnesota just like it is in Wisconsin.
That is part of the reason I am feverishly creating one painting after the other on the sport, in hopes of flooding the homes and businesses in Minnesota with at least the memory of those days... The younger generation (probably people who don't even hunt or fish) will be the ones who stop it. I say let our conservation department (DNR) keep doing the stand-up job they do and the regulation of fish and fish population issues will be handled quite competently (as they have always done)... The DNR has done a million times more for wildlife health and balance in America than any environmental group out there.

The money for a fishing license or any hunting licenses you buy is put to good, practical use. I salute the DNR for their work!
Keep up the good work and preserve the tradition of darkhouse spearing.
Ken D
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:44 PM 12/19/09 (CST)
A fishing license is still the cheapest entertainment you can purchase in the state of MN! Of course you can sit by the boat landings and watch people back in?



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 04:44 PM 12/19/09 (CST)
Yes, I too agree it may eventually be phased out, but looking at the numbers of spearers compared to 10, 20, 30 years ago, it may just phase itself out.

One way it has been banned without being banned are the pike slots that have been imposed on certain bodies of water. It is virtually impossible to judge the exact length of a pike when looking down the hole, so those lakes are effectively non-spearing. But, before the slots went into effect, some of those lakes, Red Lake in particular, were stupid good for numbers and size of pike seen and/or speared. 20's were fairly common on Red, and an occasional 30+ was not unusual (and I'm not talking about inches!!) But, I also see a need to protect the resource and agree that the slots probably had to be put on those bodies of water for the sake of the fishery.

Ahhh...the good old days of spearing. I'm glad I was personally able to experience them in my lifetime because I don't think kids growing up today will ever see those again.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 12:06 AM 12/20/09 (CST)
As a tournament bass pro I'm 100% catch and release. I'm the same guy that accidentally caught 7 nice walleyes in a afternoon fishing for bass along a weedline on the Whitefish Chain, threw them all back of course and then stopped by Cub on my way home and bought walleye for dinner. Odd?? Of course. It's just me, I release them so someone else can catch them.

With that said, I 100% back the sport of spearing. I don't do it myself and never have. I know my grandpa was big into it but that's about it. People always paraphrase it by saying if done legally than it would be some what ok. I don't get that. Why don't people always include that when their talking regular fishing or hunting. Your supposed to obey the law it's a given. I don't see ANY difference between spearing and regular fishing or hunting. If your intent is to harvest then I would think a relative quick death of spearing would be better than suffocation on the ice anyways.

Sorry, but I'm just sick of every time someone talks about spearing on this site, someone else has to jump in and steal the thunder by downgrading the ethics of the sport. It's a Minnesota past time and we should treasure it. If you don't like it than don't participate in it.

Again, this is coming from someone that fishes full time and releases EVERY fish I catch.

The pictures are very nice!


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:18 AM 12/20/09 (CST)
Can someone please explain to me why a large 20 to 30-pound northern pike is deemed too valuable to keep. An honest question... Do they carry more eggs than say a 9 to 12-pounder? Also. What is the life expectancy for northern pike? I really want to understand the practical reasons that have to do with fish population and how catch and release of the Big Ones helps the population of the species...

Ken
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