SD: New Paddlefish Season Proposed

PIERRE, S.D. – A unique fishing opportunity may be offered to
South Dakota residents under a proposal to be considered next month
by the Game Fish and Parks Commission.

The Commission will consider a limited paddlefish snagging
season for Lake Francis Case, running from May 1-31.

“Paddlefish have been stocked in Lake Francis Case since the
1970s,” said GFP Fisheries Program Administrator Geno Adams. “We
have tried to maintain a population of paddlefish in the lake and
create a limited sport fishery. Now we believe the population could
support a limited snagging season.”

The proposed season would allow for 375 state-issued snagging
tags and 25 snagging tags issued by the Lower Brule Sioux
Tribe.

People wanting to provide written comments on the smallmouth
bass proposal may do so until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, by mailing
the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre,
S.D., 57501, or email: wildinfo@state.sd.us . All comments must
have the senders’ full names and addresses in order to be included
in the public record.

Comments may also be presented in person at the GFP Commission’s
public hearing at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Pierre
Ramkota, 920 West Sioux Avenue in Pierre.

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