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GFP Commission changes fish limits

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to fish limits.

These changes or removals include:

Removed the daily and possession limits for white bass and rock bass.

Eliminated the regulation allowing for one trout over 14 inches from Black Hills lakes.

Established a minimum length limit of 24 inches and a daily limit of one for lake trout or splake in the Black Hills Fish Management Area.

Removed the 15-inch minimum size restriction on walleye for Richmond and Elm Lakes in Brown County, Enemy Swim and Pickerel Lakes in Day County, Clear and Roy Lakes in Marshall County and Lake Mitchell in Davison County.

Removed black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) size restrictions from all waters with the exception of Burke Lake, New Wall Lake and Lake Yankton.

Added a 28-inch minimum length and a daily limit of one walleye on Horseshoe Lake in Day County.

Modified the Lake Francis Case paddlefish season to allow license holders to take a paddlefish with snagging gear or bow and arrow.

GFP Commission proposes 2019 duck hunting season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2019 duck hunting season last week at their October meeting in Deadwood.

Season Dates and Open Areas:

High Plains Zone: Oct. 12, 2019-Jan. 16, 2020

Low Plains North & Low Plains Middle Zone: Sept. 28-Dec. 10, 2019

Low Plains South Zone: Oct. 26, 2019-Jan. 7, 2020

Proposed daily limits would be six ducks; comprised of no more than five mallards (which may include no more than two hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two canvasbacks and one pintail.

GFP Commission finalizes other waterfowl hunting seasons

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission set the 2019 early fall Canada goose, Special Canada goose, August Management Take, youth waterfowl and tundra swan hunting seasons with no proposed changes from 2018.

The early fall Canada goose season will run from Sept. 7-30, have a daily limit of eight Canada geese and a possession limit of 24. The early fall Canada goose hunting season is for Unit 1 only.

The special Canada goose season will run from Oct. 19 – Dec. 22 in Bennett County. For 2019, 800 three-tag licenses will be available for residents and 25 two-tag permits are available to nonresidents.

The August Management Take will be open for Pennington County, west of the Cheyenne River from Aug. 17 – 31. This season is open to residents only and has a 15 Canada goose daily limit and no possession limit.

The 2019 youth waterfowl hunting season will be Sept. 21-22. This season is open state-wide to residents and nonresidents who have not reached the age of 16 by the first day of the season. Daily and possession limits apply.

The tundra swan hunting season will run from Sept. 28 through the end of the light goose hunting season. There will be 1,425 resident and 250 nonresident single-tag licenses.

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