Spearfishing for walleye looks like lots of fun.
When most anglers think of spearfishing, they likely think of saltwater angling. Diving deep into the depths to spear barracuda, swordfish, or invasive lionfish off the reefs. While it is true that spearfishing is much more popular in the oceans, it is legal to go freshwater spearfishing in some states.
For some states like Nebraska, you are even allowed to target popular gamefish species like walleye. It may be a non-traditional way of targeting a species like this, but it genuinely looks like a lot of fun.
Case in point is this video of fishing Nebraska's Lake McConaughy. This diver has just dropped to the bottom and manages to get his limit of walleye in less than ten minutes. The action is fast and furious and makes for an extremely memorable day under the water.
It is worth noting that not every state lets you target gamefish species. In many states, those fish are strictly off-limits with spearing being limited to rough fish species like carp, suckers, drum, or gar. In Nebraska, only select waters like McConaughy are open to fishing for all species. Plenty of others are restricted to non-game rough fish only. These anglers still likely enjoy little competition, as few fishermen in Nebraska likely own a speargun. Also, diving in freshwater is going to come with a little extra piece of mind. No need to worry about sharks or other large ocean predators coming into try and steal your catch.
It does look like a lot of fun. And a good reason to get a diving certification. Spearfishing in freshwater brings some regulations that remind us of hunting. In Nebraska, anglers must stay at least 100 yards away from boat docks, ramps, and swimming areas. Much like a safety zone in a public hunting area.
Spearfishermen also enjoy a lengthy season in the Cornhusker State. Rough fish can be taken all year, and game fish follow the same seasons as hook and line. Sounds like a great way to go fishing during the dog days of summer when the fish aren't biting!
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