The Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association is a charitable non–profit organization chartered to help protect the rights of Minnesota residents wishing to harvest Northern Pike by spearing and angling.

The MDAA actively works to establish equality of spearing and angling among all resident fishing people and to promote sound conservation practices of the sport.
Sixteen chapters are strategically located throughout the state. Each chapter is involved in a wide variety of projects including conservation, education, and a variety of community programs. Our State Board monitors any pending legislation which effects angling and spearing.

The goals of our organization are…

To educate and teach the public of the heritage and methods of darkhouse spearing.
We are dedicated to expose people of all ages to our sport and our historical ties with this ancient tradition, to promote their participation and continuance, and to encourage the bonding that this heritage creates between our citizens and our natural resources.
We are also committed to protecting and preserving our sport and historical rights for all people and for all times, while promoting the responsible use of our renewable fish resources.

The methods of using artificial fish decoys to harvest fish through the ice dates back hundreds of years to the Native Americans of our region and this practice continues through today.