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
or contact a local Conservation Officer.