S.D. Admin. R. 41:07:05:03 - Paddlefish snagging, processing, and transportation restrictions

Any paddlefish taken below Gavin's Point Dam, by snagging, which measures between 35 inches and 45 inches when measured with a flexible tape along and over the center line contour of the fish, lying flat, from an entire eye to the natural unaltered fork of the tail must be immediately released to the water from which it was caught. A person may not attempt to snag rough fish or paddlefish after reaching the limit on paddlefish. A gaff hook or other penetrating device may not be used as an aid while landing snagged paddlefish.

For paddlefish taken below Gavin's Point Dam, only the snout in front of the eyes, gills, and entrails of a paddlefish may be removed for transportation. The head, skin, and tail must remain attached. Final processing may only be completed once the angler has reached their domicile or immediately prior to consumption.


S.D. Admin. R. 41:07:05:03
SL 1975, ch 16; 46 SDR 116, effective 4/29/2020

General Authority: SDCL 41-2-18(2)(15).

Law Implemented: SDCL 41-1-3, 41-2-18(2)(15), 41-3-1, 41-12-5, 41-12-12.

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