Big Stone Lake Opens For Fishing Saturday
Local News April 22, 2016 Staff Writer 0
All border water lakes will open for fishing Saturday, April 23. This includes Big Stone Lake. “The water temperature is around 55 degrees which should make for some great fishing,” stated Game, Fish and Parks Conservation Officer Jamie Pekelder. Walleyes are the predominate fish of Big Stone Lake, but anglers will discover a nice mix of perch, crappies, blue gills, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, and Northern pike.
Because Big Stone Lake is a border lake between South Dakota and Minnesota, a license from either state is legal regardless of where you fish on the lake. According to Pekelder, anglers must comply with the laws and rules of the state in which they are licensed. They may launch and fish from either shore and must transport their catch by the most direct route to the state in which they are licensed. South Dakota licensed anglers transporting their fish from the Minnesota side must return to South Dakota by the most direct route and vice versa.
A variety of licenses can be purchased at local retail and bait shops or can be purchased online at www.gfp.sd.gov. Licenses include: annual, one-day, combination, senior combination, junior combination, and senior annual. The annual licenses expire January 31, 2017.
For more information, contact Pekelder at 605-432-4601 or visit the Game, Fish and Parks website.
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