Sunday, September 20, 2020

First Freshwater World Spearfishing Championship To Be Held In USA In 2017


The first Freshwater Spearfishing World Championship will be held May 18-20, 2017 in Lake Mead near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

This meet will be held every odd year so as not to interfere with CMAS Saltwater events.

The competition will consist of three divisions: men’s, women’s, and “mixed double.” Each team will be permitted two divers — two men, two women, and the mixed category will consist of either a man and woman or an under-age-18 boy/girl and an adult. Two teams will be allowed from each country per division.

The meet’s organizers say:

“This is designed to build the sport around our youth and women and families.”

The Hosting Country — in this case the USA, will be allowed to send up to four teams per division. New Zealand, which will host the competition in 2019, will be allowed to have up to three teams per division.

Day 1 will be for spearing stripers, and Day 2 will be for spearing carp. Scouting time will be limited, and competitors will be on the honor system.

The awards ceremony will take place May 20th.

Organizers say they plan to have a website and Facebook page with more details up soon.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


    • Ernesto, spearfishing in freshwater lakes has been a large part of the spearo culture around the world. Here in the United States, we have three coasts separated by thousands of miles, and a vast area in between that is inaccessible to the average spearo. But we also have numerous, massive impoundments that are home to many species of fish. In addition to the Striped Bass (Rock fish), which is one of the preeminent game fish in the world, the fish typically targeted in spearfishing comps are considered “trash” fish in many states, so the removal of them is not prohibited. Drum, Carp, Catfish, Gar…all offer great sport, are quite tasty, and are plentiful enough to offer good spearing, but are wary enough to make it a challenge.

      With Striped Bass reaching almost 50 pounds in Lake Mead, this will be a challenging tourney. Straddling Arizona and Nevada, within easy driving distance from Phoenix and Las Vegas, it makes a great diving destination.

      Lake Mead is a massive reservoir, with over 164,000 Acres of surface area. There is over 550 Miles of shoreline and an average depth of 225 Feet. Steep drops, narrow canyons, large boulders, ledges and undercuts make this lake quite challenging. With visibility approaching over 150 feet in many areas, Lake Mead is larger than some countries…and is definitely more clear than many saltwater spearfishing sites.

      So, take a moment to learn more about places you don’t know about. You may find yourself adding Lake Mead to your list of places to go dive someday!

  1. If it’s a joke, I don’t get. Doesn’t sound funny to me.
    Just like any other “sport” world championships may be held in many venues.
    Lake Mead is probably the most beautiful Lake you could possibly spearfish in. Shallow reefs aka gravel bars, drop offs, deep pinnacles etc. Crystal clear water, depending on the season. Not to mention huge striped bass.
    Being from Hawaii, we dream of diving in Lake Mead.
    Don’t knock something just because you don’t understand.


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