SD: GFP Commission Proposes Elimination of Length Restrictions for Francis Case Paddlefish Snagging Season

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission
held a public teleconference meeting today to propose elimination
of length restrictions on Lake Francis Case paddlefish.

The Commission finalized a May paddlefish snagging season for
Lake Francis Case at its November meeting, with no size
restrictions during the season. When preparing the rules for the
season, it was realized that previous length limits set for the
paddlefish season below Gavin’s Point Dam will also apply to the
newly created Francis Case season.

“While having a size limit below Gavin’s Point Dam makes sense
to protect the naturally reproducing population, it doesn’t apply
to Francis Case,” said GFP Fisheries Chief John Lott. “The
population of paddlefish in Francis Case is a result of stocking
efforts with very little natural reproduction. Francis Case is
considered a put-grow-and-take fishery for paddlefish, and the
inclusion of length restrictions could limit the harvest potential
for anglers.”

The proposed elimination of size limits on paddlefish caught in
Francis Case will be acted on at the commission’s March 2 meeting
in Fort Pierre.

The Francis Case paddlefish season will run during the month of
May. Paddlefish snagging license applications will be taken through
Feb. 17. A maximum of 350 resident-only licenses will be available.
For more information, or to apply for a paddlefish snagging
license, visit:

Those who wish to provide written comments on the proposal may
do so until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29. Comments may be
mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave.,
Pierre, S.D., 57501, or e-mailed to

Each comment must have the sender’s full name and address in
order to be included in the public record.

Comments may also be presented in person at the public hearing
during the GFP Commission meeting, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Central Time on Thursday, March 1, at the Fort Pierre Holiday Inn


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