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Darkhouse Spearfishing opens a new world
      Little Winnie Resort Rents Darkhouses

Darkhouse spearfishing is a method of harvesting fish through the ice using artificial fish decoys suspended in the clear water. When a fish comes up to see the decoy, you spear it. A large hole is needed in order to spear the fish and you need a fishhouse that is completely dark. (Hence the term, "Darkhouse".) 

After you first enter a darkhouse it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Once your eyes adjust, you lower your decoy down the hole into the water and get your spear ready. Darkhouse spearing is usually used to target northern pike, although other species are sometimes sought depending on state regulations.

It is now legal for Non-Residents to spearfish and angle in Minnesota.
Click here to purchase your spearing fishing license from the Minnesota DNR's website.


Darkhouse Spearing Northern Pike in Minnesota

In Minnesota, both state residents and non-residents are allowed to spearfish in a darkhouse.  You can spearfish and use regular angling techniques; and there's nothing like angling in a darkhouse.  The ice-fishing hole below you becomes a big-screen TV - you can see all the fish, the bottom of the lake - and best of all, all the activity beneath the ice.  From watching a school of bait fish dart through the field of view to catching a quick glimpse of a walleye in the background waiting to seize an opportunity to strike, anyone can enjoy the classic predator and prey drama that unfolds in the depths of the lake. The hole in the ice is a window to a whole new world.  It's a great way to fish and enjoy nature.

Little Winnie Resort offers darkhouse rentals. 

Click here for darkhouse rental rates and fill out our Check Availability Form for more information, or Call us now at 1-800-346-8501 or 218-246-8501.

We offer free rides to and from our darkhouses in our heated tracked 4x4.


We'll be posting photos throughout the winter of 2015--2016 - so
bookmark this page!  (
click the photos to view a larger image)

Darkhouse Spearing Success! - Dec. 18, 2015

Good Eating Ahead! - Dec. 18, 2015

More Darkhouse Spearing Success! - Dec. 18, 2015


Our Darkhouses are now set up on Little Winnigoshish Lake!
Photo shows Ice Depth on December 17, 2015. Click image for larger view









November 28, 2014 - Darkhouse Ice Spearing on Little Winnie Lake.


Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 - Spearing Success!


Friday, Dec. 12, 2014



Check out this monster fish taken by a Little Winnie Resort guest a few years ago.
Think you can beat him?!


Here are some photos from the last few year's spearing seasons!


Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 - The temps are cold, but the
spearing is hot on Little Winnie Lake right now.



Friday, Nov. 28, 2013 - Ice is 6.5" thick on Little Winnie Lake.

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 - An 11.5 lb Northern speared on Little Winnie Lake.

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 - Some good eaters and a hawg pike speared on Little Winnie.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 - A nice northern speared on Little Winnie Lake..

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 - First fish of the year speared on Little Winnie Lake.

Tues., Dec. 11, 2012 - We've got our Spearfishing Darkhouses
all set up and ready to go!  Why aren't you here yet! 



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