*This story won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for Best Feature Reporting in 2013.
Fairbanks, AK - A unique interior fishery came to a close over the weekend. For one month each fall, Interior residents wade into the crystal clear waters of the Chatanika River to catch whitefish. They spawn in the fall, unlike other fish in Alaska. The state limits both the number of permits and the harvest. But this isn’t your typical fishery. Instead of rods and reels, or nets, fishermen use spears.