Anglers can give input on continuous season for South Dakota border waters

Anglers are encouraged to comment on a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal to open the South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to continuous angling for walleye, bass and northern pike beginning in the spring of 2019. 

The South Dakota-Minnesota border waters are Big Stone, Traverse, Hendricks and Mud lakes; and the Bois de Sioux and Mustinka rivers.

“Biologists from both states agree that removing the closed season will provide more springtime fishing opportunities without negatively impacting fish populations in those waters,” said Chris Domeier, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Ortonville.

Additionally, a continuous fishing season on the Minnesota-South Dakota border waters would align with the existing continuous fishing seasons Minnesota has on border waters with North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

A public comment period began on Sept. 24 and continues through Monday, Oct. 29. The DNR is using an expedited rulemaking procedure to make these changes effective by March 2019 to coincide with a similar regulation change on South Dakota’s border waters.

The pubic may comment by linking to the DNR rulemaking webpage located at http://bit.ly/MN-SD-BorderWatersInput, or comments can be sent to Al Stevens, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or emailed to him at al.stevens@state.mn.us.