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New Rules for South Dakota Boaters and Anglers


Beginning May 11, 2015, boaters and anglers in South Dakota will have to adhere to a new set of rules established by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. 

The new rules in South Dakota were made in an effort to retard the spread of aquatic invasive species in water bodies across the state.

Boaters and anglers are to clean all vegetation and aquatic invasive species from a boat, trailer, or other watercraft under these new rules. No angler is allowed to transport bait or fish in water taken from a lake, river, or stream. Transporting bait away from a lake, river, or stream is still permitted if bait is in well water or treated tap water.

Anglers must transport whole fish for cleaning away from the water in the following three ways, or do the activity at home.

  1. In a container (not a part of the boat), that is filled with domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice).
  2. On ice – in a cooler or pull the plug on their livewell and fill it with ice (plug must remain out).
  3. Dry – put fish in an empty bucket or pull the livewell plug before leaving the boat ramp and let it drain when traveling.

Kelly Hepler, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Secretary, told reporters, “We realize these are big changes for boaters and anglers across the state. And we thank those who have already started to comply with these new rules and for helping us spread the message about how others can do their part to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota. If each of us takes responsibility to do what we can to protect our resources today, these outdoor activities will continue to be enjoyed by future generations for years to come. Thank you again.”

More info, here.

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New Rules for South Dakota Boaters and Anglers