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GFP Commission Denies Nonresident Walleye/Sauger Fishing Season





GFP Commission Denies Nonresident Walleye/Sauger Fishing Season

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission denied a petition that would have created a season for walleye/sauger, for nonresidents, for certain areas of the Missouri River. As described in the petition, nonresidents would only be able to harvest walleye from these areas when the season was open.

The petition proposed a nonresident walleye/sauger fishing season from May 1 through December 31. Areas on the Missouri River where the season would have been in effect included:

  • From Fort Randall Dam to the Spillway LUA boat ramp
  • Lake Francis Case from Big Bend Dam through the point two miles downstream
  • Lake Sharpe from Oahe Dam to the Highway 14 Bridge.

During the petition’s suggested closed season period of January 1 through April 30, nonresident anglers could have still fished the specified areas but could not harvest walleye/sauger.