South Dakota Lakes Under Summer Walleye Rules

Minimum-length limits are temporarily suspended on 2 popular walleye lakes.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding anglers that the 15-inch minimum-length limit for walleyes on lakes Sharpe and Francis Case have been removed as of July 1.

At this time, four walleyes can be harvested per angler per day. Of those four, only one can exceed 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 fish less than 15 inches," says Chris Longhenry, GFP senior fisheries biologist. "This regulation change allows use of the resource at a time when angling can be a bit more challenging."

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, 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.


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