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Spearfishing in the Chicago area?

Cips

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Hello, I'm located in the south suburbs of Chicago and was wondering where are some good places to go spearfishing? Any lakes or rivers in that area I could go without any hassle?
 

Mr. X

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Cips, I seem to recall some folk on the forum spearing at Devil's Lake, WI. Forum member Fondueset used to dive in L. Michigan, not sure if he speared or just freedived for fun there. It certainly has fish. I'll move this thread to the regional area of the forum to better find members in your area and leave a temporary link in the beginner area.

There are quite a few Lakes around Illinois/Wisconsin (I used to do triathlons in the area, so swam in many of them) & probably Indiana too, check local regulations.
 
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Cips

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Thanks for your help, I've contacted some park rangers about legal locations but they all seem to frown upon the idea of a speargun so I've found little information on the subject. Thanks again
 

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You might find it interesting to Google: "Is spearfishing legal in Michigan?"

e.g. In Michigan state: " It shall be unlawful to use a rubber-propelled spear or a spring- propelled spear without being submerged and have the spear under control by means of an attached line not exceeding 20 feet in length. It is unlawful to spear any fish in a waterbody closed to fishing, except as noted in the spearing exceptions list. "

Also, take a look at this: "
Fish and Risks: Eating Lake Michigan Catch
By Chris Bentley "

https://www.wbez.org/stories/fish-a...an-catch/8e8272f7-4574-4730-9002-86a131115c64


Salmon and trout :)
 

Zacharia

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You might find it interesting to Google: "Is spearfishing legal in Michigan?"

e.g. In Michigan state: " It shall be unlawful to use a rubber-propelled spear or a spring- propelled spear without being submerged and have the spear under control by means of an attached line not exceeding 20 feet in length. It is unlawful to spear any fish in a waterbody closed to fishing, except as noted in the spearing exceptions list. "

Also, take a look at this: "
Fish and Risks: Eating Lake Michigan Catch
By Chris Bentley "

https://www.wbez.org/stories/fish-a...an-catch/8e8272f7-4574-4730-9002-86a131115c64


Salmon and trout (y)

I did see that, but lake michigan is not only in Michigan. In illinois there is a list of species that its legal to take by spear.
 

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Yes, I figure each state will have its own rules but interesting and unusual that Michigan has something quite specific but also quite balanced.
 

Zacharia

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Yes, I figure each state will have its own rules but interesting and unusual that Michigan has something quite specific but also quite balanced.

well it seems that these are the allowed species in Illinois " Carp, catfish, buffalo, suckers, gar, shad, drum, bowfin" - I wonder if any of that is safe to eat, or even edible at all
 

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Buffalo?! Several of those species are normally edible - but out of the Chicago/Gary end of the lake you'll want scientific guidance like that provided by Michigan.
 
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