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Courtesy Photo A northern pike is speared during darkhouse spearfishing in this undated photo, courtesy of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Spearfishing season opens

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Without the ease of a fishing rod's mechanisms to aid in the harvest, some venture into a more hands-on mode of winter fishing.

Open only to northern pike and non-game fish, darkhouse spearfishing season opened Tuesday and runs through March 15.

North Dakota's darkhouse spearfishing season is fairly new.

"There isn't a whole lot of people that do it," said Jeff Hendrickson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Southwest District fisheries supervisor.

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