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GFP Commission Proposes the Removal of Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the 15-inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their October meeting. 

The Lake Poinsett walleye population has a large year class present. Fish growth is slow and walleyes are succumbing to natural mortality prior to attaining 15-inches in length and being available for anglers to harvest.

On Oct. 11, the Department will host a public meeting to provide information regarding the Lake Poinsett fishery and to gather public input regarding the potential regulation removal. The meeting will be held at the Methodist Camp Retreat Center on Lake Poinsett at 6:30 p.m.  

For more information on this meeting, contact Mark Ermer at 605.345.3381.

The Commission will finalize this proposal Nov. 2-3, 2017, at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings.  Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on Nov. 2. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.