PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota anglers will need to be aware of new rule changes that become effective Jan. 1.
"A number of fishing regulation changes for different areas of South Dakota will soon go into effect, and anglers should check if they affect the area or water that they target for their angling adventures," said Game, Fish and Parks Fisheries Administrator Dennis Unkenholz of Pierre.
A summary of South Dakota’s fishing regulation changes for 2006 include:
The daily limit for walleye, sauger and walleye-sauger hybrids on all waters of the Missouri River system is now four. The possession limit is 8, except for Lake Oahe where the possession limit is 12.
One walleye, sauger and walleye-sauger hybrid that is 20 inches or longer is allowed in an angler’s daily limit. This applies statewide, except for the Iowa and Nebraska boundary waters, as well as different size restrictions for Diamond, Twin and Beaver lakes in Minnehaha County, Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman Dam) in Butte County and Reetz Lake in Day County.
All muskellunge and tiger muskies caught anywhere in the state that measure under 40 inches must be released.
A 15-inch minimum size restriction applies to largemouth bass caught on Sheridan Lake in the Black Hills.
Remove the catch and release restrictions on the Lake Haven Crossing Pond in the Black Hills.
Reinstate seines and dip nets as legal gear for taking rainbow smelt and impose a five-gallon daily limit on the Missouri River.
All trout caught in the reach of Rapid Creek within the boundaries of Meadowbrook Golf Course must be released.
The northern pike size restrictions and special limit on the lakes contained within Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge in Bennett County have been repealed. Standard statewide regulations now apply.
The daily panfish (bluegill, sunfish and their hybrids, crappie and perch) limit in Firesteel Creek from Lake Mitchell to Davison County Road 12 (Loomis Oil Road) changes to 10 daily.
Night spearing is now legal on inland waters from May 1 through Aug. 31 (formerly opened on June 1).
Night spearing of rough fish is allowed on the Nebraska/South Dakota boundary water from April 1 through Aug. 31.
Lakes Whitewood, Preston, Spirit, Albert, John, Mary and Norden have been added to the list of waters open for spearing from Dec. 1 through the end of February.
Change the opening date of game fish spearing on portions of Lakes Francis Case, Sharpe and Oahe from July 1 to June 15.