Legislators to Take Closer Look at New Fishing Restrictions

South Dakota Capitol in Pierre South Dakota

Lawmakers are set to study how the use of publicly-owned bodies of water over privately-owned land should be regulated, an issue that has frustrated landowners and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Legislature’s Executive Board decided Tuesday on topics to study ahead of the 2018 session. Pierre Representative Mary Duvall has been appointed to this summer study board

Duvall says the summer study group needs to come up with a very measured, well thought out solution to the overall problem

Duvall adds that the possibility of a special session on the topic is not off the table

Since the court decision, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has limited access to infrastructure on over 20 lakes in the state, including Caseys Slough, Cottonwood Lake GPA, Dry Lake #1, Dry Lake #2 and Swan Lake in Clark County, Twin Lakes in Sanborn County, and Cottonwood Lake and Mud Lake in Spink County.

The panel also approved a study on workforce housing, campaign finance laws, and the initiated measure process.



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