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GFP News - June 30, 2014




walleye length limits change on lakes sharpe and francis case

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers that the 15 inch minimum length limit for walleye on Lakes Sharpe and Francis Case will be removed starting July 1, 2014. At this time, four walleye can be harvested per angler per day. Of those four walleye, only one can be over 20 inches.

“The 15 inch minimum length limit for walleye is lifted in July and August because they are harder to catch during the hot summer months and typically the catch is made up of walleye less than 15 inches. This regulation change allows use of the resource at a time when angling can be a bit more challenging,” stated Chris Longhenry, GFP senior fisheries biologist of Chamberlain.

This regulation change is outlined in the GFP fishing handbook and printed on signs at all popular boat ramps as well as shore fishing locations. Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, harvest regulations on Lakes Sharpe and Francis Case will consist of four walleye per angler per day all of which must be over 15 inches. However, only one walleye can be greater than 20 inches.

For more information, please visit the fishing rules and regulations section of our website at http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/rules-regs.aspx.

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