Spearfishing is an ancient activity that has been practiced for centuries in different cultures all over the world. It is an environmentally friendly way of harvesting fish and seafood that is done with little to no impact on the environment.
It has become increasingly popular in recent years as more people are looking for sustainable ways to get food. The question is, what states allow spearfishing?
The States Where Spearfishing Is Legal
Spearfishing is legal in most states in the US and many countries around the world. In the US, spearfishing is allowed in most coastal states such as California, Florida, Louisiana, and New Jersey.
It is also allowed in inland states such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. Each state has its own set of regulations regarding the size of fish caught as well as some other requirements so it’s important to check with your local state department of natural resources before heading out on a spearfishing outing.
Requirements for Spearfishing
In addition to checking the local regulations for each state where you plan to go spearfishing, there are some general requirements that must be met before you can legally participate in this activity. Most states require a license or permit for spearfishers which can typically be acquired through your local department of natural resources or online.
You may also need a fishing boat or kayak depending on where you are going and what type of water you plan to fish in. Additionally, most states require you to have a certain amount of gear such as a mask and snorkel, fins, dive flag or buoy line if necessary and a long-handled harpoon-style pole spear or Hawaiian sling-style handheld spear gun.
Spearfishing is legal in most US states including coastal ones like California and Florida and inland ones like Arkansas and Oklahoma. Before heading out on your next fishing trip it’s important to check with your local state department of natural resources for any specific regulations regarding size limits and other requirements as well as make sure you have all the necessary gear such as a mask and snorkel plus either a pole spear or handheld spear gun if needed. With these things taken care of you’ll be ready for an exciting day out on the water!