Some South Dakota fishing regulations changing

Bass and walleye regulations at some popular South Dakota waterways are changing in 2010. Here’s an explanation from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

Notable changes include removal of the 14-inch, minimum-length limit for walleyes from Waubay Lake and Lake Kampeska, with the daily limit on Waubay Lake increasing from two walleyes per day to four. Numerous lakes – including Lakes Mitchell, Enemy Swim, Pickerel, Bitter, Roy, Shadehill, Angostura, and Poinsett – will now have a 15-inch minimum walleye length limit with a four-fish daily limit and eight-fish possession limit.

On some lakes, anglers will now be able to harvest up to five largemouth and smallmouth bass (in combination) under 14 inches in length; and at most lakes, anglers can keep one bass 18 inches or longer as part of daily limits. Lakes changing to these regulations include Waubay, Roy, Clear, Pickerel and Enemy Swim.

Walleye and bass regulations on many other South Dakota lakes have also changed.

The department encourages anglers to look for more complete information in the 2010 Fishing Handbook.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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