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Lobster Lake is one of 12 Minnesota lakes now open to spearing

Twelve lakes throughout Minnesota are now open for darkhouse spearing.

According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spearing restrictions were repealed effective December 2 on the following lakes: Beers and West Battle in Otter Tail County; Big Mantrap in Hubbard County; Deer, Moose, North Star and connected Little North Star and Spider in Itasca County; Lobster in Douglas County; Cross Lake Flowage in Pine County; Eagle in Hennepin County; Owasso in Ramsey County and Sugar in Wright County.

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Darkhouse spearing is limited to northern pike, catfish, whitefish and other rough-fish species.  Other game fish species such as muskellunge are illegal to spear at any time.

Anglers ages 18 to 89 need both an angling license and a spearing license to spear, unless otherwise exempt.

All other regulations related to spearing, angling and shelters apply to these waters. Additional information is available on Page 77 of the 2013 Minnesota Fishing Regulations handbook and online at


For more information, contact the Glenwood Area Fisheries office at (320) 634-4573 or e-mail