South Dakota GFP Proposes Regulation Changes

#South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission members have proposed standardizing several fishing regulations. The proposals would:

  • Change legal spearing dates on inland waters for rough fish to allow spearing year-round.
  • Change legal spearing dates for rough fish in South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to allow spearing from May 1 through the last Sunday in February.
  • Repeal a rule limiting the dates for spearing rough fish in certain northeastern counties.
  • Change the statewide deadline for removal of ice fishing shelters to the last day of February.
  • Add a game-fish spearing and archery certification permit for $5 as a requirement for taking of game fish with legal spears, spear guns or bows and arrows.
  • Add a nonresident youth (under age 16) fishing license for $25.
  • Reduce the statewide panfish limit from 25 daily to 15, and from 50 in possession to 30.
  • Change daily and possession limits for yellow perch on South Dakota-Minnesota boundary waters from 25 to 15.

"Standardizing spearing dates will provide more opportunities for spearing without impacting the resources," said GFP Fisheries Program Manager Geno Adams. "The addition of the game-fish certification permit will help Game, Fish and Parks by letting us know how many people participate in the spearing of game fish. Changes to the panfish limits will simplify our regulations state-wide without sacrificing the quality of our fisheries and reduce the likelihood of inadvertent violations of daily limits."

The GFP Commission will take final action on those proposed changes during its next meeting at the Ramkota River Center in Pierre on Nov. 4-5, 2010. People wishing to comment on the proposals may send letters to the Game Fish and Parks Department at 523 E Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501, or by e-mail to Please include your name and city of residence if you wish to be part of the public record. All letters and e-mails must be received by noon Wednesday, Nov. 3. People also may testify at the GFP Commission meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Central Time.

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