Fish possession rules changed

PIERRE – Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed fish possession limits at an angler’s permanent residence. While possession at a permanent residence will be unlimited, possession limits would remain in place for transporting fish and for storing fish at all locations outside of a person’s domicile; their established, fixed and permanent home.

The commission also repealed liberalized fishing regulations. The department has not used liberalized fishing rules for some time as they were not effective in accomplishing intended management goals. Additionally, the commission removed the closed fishing seasons for game fish on Minnesota/South Dakota border waters. This removal reduces regulation complexity and increases recreational opportunities for anglers. 

The commission also removed spring stream closures in eastern South Dakota, in association with opening spearing for northern pike and catfish year-round on all waters except those managed for muskies.


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