The South Dakota departments of Tourism & Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish.

South Dakota lawmakers approved a proposal to allow immediate access to public waters on private properties. The move came after the lakes for months had been closed to the public following a state Supreme Court ruling. With a signature from Gov. Dennis Daugaard the law took effect Monday June 12th, re-opening those waters. “Fishing is great in South Dakota,” Daugaard told reporters, “and the fish are hungry for bait because they’ve been starving for a little while so they should be biting and biting and biting some more. So, come on and put those hooks in the water.”

South Dakota Game Fish & Parks has restored public access to 24 lakes including docks. The new law also specifies that other lakes on private property are open for recreational use unless a landowner installs signs or buoys saying an area is closed, though property owners could still grant permission to use the water. The measure would bar them from being paid for allowing fishing.  The entire bill will be revisited next year to work out the issues that come up this year.

These lakes have been amazing fisheries, sportsmen from all over the region have been enjoying the public access and great fishing. It is important that we as sportsmen work together and respect the land owner’s rights and to be good stewards of the waterways.

The South Dakota departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish.

Time to hook up the boat and make some memories, fishing South Dakota has never been better.