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Duerre Slough and Jesse Slough in Troy Township, Day County

As of Friday, April 29, 2016, a court order was issued that enjoins and prohibits the public from entering or using water above four individuals’ (Robert Duerre, Thad Duerre, Clint Duerre and LaRon Herr) land for any recreational purpose, including hunting and fishing, without their permission. The water subject to the court order comprises a significant portion of what is locally known as Duerre Slough and Jesse Slough in Troy Township, Day County, South Dakota. Even though these waters are not completely closed to access or fishing, you must first obtain permission from the landowner to fish or recreate on water above their property.

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.

More information

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.

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