S.D. Angler Warned About Abandoned Spearing Holes

RAPID CITY, S.D. -Anglers and ATV users venturing out onto Pactola Lake in the Black Hills should be on the lookout for abandoned ice spearing holes.

The holes are created by anglers who are attempting to lure and spear fish through the ice. Typically, an ice shack or "dark house" is used to give anglers better vision into the icy depths. The holes, which are normally about 2 x 3 feet in size, can be a hazard after the fish house has been removed.

"We strongly encourage people who are spearing through the ice to mark their holes with a small branch or other natural object after they have removed their house and are done spearing in the area," said GFP Fisheries manager, Gene Galinat.