A new rule created by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission last week will make it easier for landowners to manage created man-made impoundments on their own land.
Currently, state law requires authorization for landowners to stock fish, remove fish in quantities above established limits, use special netting or sampling equipment and apply chemicals to control vegetation in waters containing game fish. These authorizations are currently handled one at a time with a different application required for each activity.
The new rule streamlines the application process by creating a one-time application and allows all activities (stated above) to occur on all waters included in the authorization.
Lastly, this rule also allows private contractors to provide fisheries management services to landowners.