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Liberalized Fishing Declaration for Lake Yankton

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PIERRE, SD (KELO AM)  -- On Sept. 10, 2014, the entire fish population in Lake Yankton will be eradicated as part of a lake renovation project conducted jointly by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"Due to a high abundance of rough fish, including Asian carp, and the negative impact they have had on the Lake Yankton fishery, the entire fish population is being eliminated," stated Todd St. Sauver, lead coordinator for the project in South Dakota.From Aug. 22 through Sept. 9, South Dakota anglers will be allowed to harvest fish that will otherwise be lost during the lake renovation process.

Licensed South Dakota anglers may harvest up to three times the daily and possession limits of game fish with no regards to length limits. South Dakota anglers may use up to six lines each and minnow seines, spears, archery, dip nets and snagging are also legal. Depending on whether anglers are licensed to fish in South Dakota or Nebraska; separate dates and rules will apply. Nebraska anglers should visit http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/ for more information.

Because the lake is being partially drained for the renovation, some shorelines will consist of soft mud and anglers should use caution.

Due to concerns about spreading aquatic invasive species, any carp harvested must be killed before they are transported. No fish harvested from Lake Yankton may be sold or used for stocking public or private waters.

For more information, please contact Todd St. Sauver at 605.362.2726 or Todd.St.Sauver@state.sd.us.

- See more at: http://gfp.sd.gov/news/news/august/21.aspx#sthash.KhGT5AJt.dpuf

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