PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed six fishing and bait rules currently in place throughout the state.
Those rules include:
- Allowing live baitfish to be used when fishing in the Black Hills.
- Allowing the non-commercial taking of bait, including crayfish, in most waters in the Black Hills.
- Removing “high-grading” or culling restrictions specific to South Dakota/Minnesota border waters and replacing them with South Dakota inland water “high-grading” regulations.
- Removing the 15 inch minimum length limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) on Carthage, Dimock, Vermillion, Hanson and Staum lakes.
- Removing the 14 to 18 inch protected slot limit for black bass on Enemy Swim and Pickerel lakes.
- Removing the 15 inch minimum length limit for walleye and the 14 to 18 inch protected slot limit for black bass from Campbell Slough.