South Dakota fishing regulation changes for 2011

PIERRE, S.D. —Beginning Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, daily limits for crappie, bluegills (sunfish) and yellow perch will be 15 each with a possession limit of 30 each in all South Dakota waters, with the exception of South Dakota/Minnesota boundary waters.

Daily and possession limits on those boundary waters (lakes Traverse, Big Stone and Hendricks) will be 15 yellow perch and 10 crappies and bluegills (sunfish).

“While many regulations have been simplified in the last few years, anglers should still use the 2011 South Dakota Fishing Handbook to familiarize themselves with fishing regulations for the particular waters they will be targeting.” said John Lott, aquatics section leader in the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

As of Jan. 1, a permit will be required to take game fish with spears, legal spear guns, or legal bows and arrows.  The $5 permits will be available wherever licenses are sold.  Anglers who spear northern pike or other game fish through the ice will need the special  permits before spearing in the New Year (2011), even though their 2010 fishing licenses will not expire until Jan. 31.

The statewide deadline for removing permanent ice-fishing shelters from state waters is midnight on the last day of February.  Shelters may be used after designated removal dates if they are removed from the ice daily, unless occupied.

For questions about South Dakota fishing regulations, check the 2011 South Dakota Fishing Handbook that is available at local retailers, or online at http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/docs/fishing-handbook.pdf , or contact a local Conservation Officer.

— From a state Game, Fish and Parks Department news release

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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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