Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 17

is: $200 for 20-49 boats or 50-99 participants, $350 for 50-74 boats or 100-149 participants, $525 for 75-99 boats or 150-199 participants and $800 for 100-plus boats or 200-plus participants. The proposal also has a provision that makes it illegal for individuals to fish a tournament that has not been permitted. Another proposal that could impact northeast South Dakota anglers aims to create more game fish spearing/archery opportunities in eastern South Dakota. Spearing includes the use of legal spears, spear guns and legal bow and arrows. Spearing may occur from above water (e.g., dark house spearing) or underwater (e.g., scuba diving). The spearing/archery season would be lengthened from May 1 to March 31 from the existing June 15 to March 15 season, and the hours would change from sunrise to sunset to a half hour before sunrise to sunset. Currently northern pike and catfish can be speared or taken with archery equipment in eastern South Dakota during the season, except on waters managed for muskellunge where no spearing can occur. The proposed change would allow for spearing of all game fish, including walleyes, on Waubay and Bitter lakes in Day County, Swan and Dry #2 lakes in Clark County, Albert, Henry, Thompson, and Whitewood lakes in Kingsbury County. Another proposal would allow people to snag salmon during October and November on Lake Oahe. During these months, salmon move to shallow water in the back end of bays to spawn. The Lake Oahe salmon population is entirely supported by stocking. Salmon die after spawning, and few other fish species are typically found in shallow water during these months. Therefore, allowing limited snagging should not negatively impact the Lake Oahe fishery. In the Black Hills, two proposals dealing with baitfish have been made. One would allow baitfish to be used throughout the Black Hills, and the second would allow people to harvest bait, www.dakotacountrymagazine.com including crayfish, from most waters in the Black Hills. Currently baitfish can only be used in the Black Hills in three waters (Stockade, Sheridan and Pactola) and possession of baitfish is illegal in the Black Hills except when adjacent to these waters. Passage of these proposals would allow anglers to possess, use live baitfish, and harvest bait (including crayfish) throughout most of the Black Hills Fish Management Area. One additional proposal deals with a new rule to allow landowners to manage fisheries found in impoundments (man-made waters) on private property. This rule change would allow private contractors to provide fisheries management services to landowners. This proposal would allow landowners or a designee to possess and use special equipment, transfer fish from one authorized pond to another, to stock allowable fish Great deals now Ranger Boats 5-Star Service Award! on new models! Savings on Remaining es 2016 Rigs! Tradm e! KICKERS INSTALLED Welco AS LOW AS $3450! Call for info W Hwy 212 Watertown, South Dakota 57201 (605) 882-4590 • (866) 505-4590 DanO’s Marine Low Interest Financing WAC www.DanosMarine.com Dakota Country, October 2016, Page 17