Beginning in 2011, anglers with a valid fishing license targeting game fish with a legal spear gun, handheld spear, or legal bow and arrow are required to also be in possession of a $5.00 game fish spearing and archery fishing permit. The permit is NOT required for anglers targeting non-game or rough fish such as carp and buffalo with the previously mentioned fishing methods.
A listing of game and non-game fish can be found on page 24 of the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s 2011 Fishing Handbook. Anglers with an archery paddlefish tag are not required to obtain a game fish spearing and archery fishing permit to participate in the archery paddlefish season.
“The game fish spearing and archery fishing permit will allow our department to better enforce rules regulating these activities as well as collect better information on this segment of anglers.” said Geno Adams, Fisheries Program Administrator. Permits are available for purchase through the Game, Fish and Parks online licensing system or wherever fishing licenses are sold.
Game fish may be taken from sunrise to sunset throughout the season, which runs from June 15th through the last day of February. Non-game or rough fish may legally be taken year-round, any time of day or night on all inland waters in South Dakota.
Please refer to the 2011 Fishing Handbook for specific waters open to spearing of game fish and border water regulations.
The handbook can be accessed online at
and is available at most locations where fishing licenses are sold.