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Fishing Regulations

Fishing Handbook

New - Bullheads as bait

Bullheads may be used as bait statewide. They are still considered a game fish and may only be taken by legal hook and line methods from waters open to angling. Bullheads may not be sold. Anglers are reminded that to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), bait and fish may not be transported in water from a lake, river or stream.

Additional regulations and rules on fishing tournaments, special events, hoop net and setlines, bait dealer information, private fish hatcheries and fish importation can be found here.

The handbook fishing regulations are also available in our free smartphone app; available for iOS and Android devices.

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Aquatic Invasive Species in South Dakota

We need your help to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species or AIS in South Dakota. We need your friends, family and neighbors to help too. Stay committed to slowing the spread of AIS in South Dakota by complying with these state rules and regulations. Learn more by visiting