Anglers Fish Out Yankton Lake Before September Fish Kill


Published 08/24 2014 10:21PM

Updated 08/25 2014 12:12AM

Before Lake Yankton's fish are all killed by the South Dakota and Nebraska DNR, they're letting locals fish out as much as they can.

From now through September 9, anglers will be allowed special rules on their catch of the day, depending on which state they're licensed to
fish in.

Those in South Dakota are allowed three times the daily limit and possession limit of game fish, with no regard to length limits.  South Dakota fishers are also allowed to use
up to six lines each.

Nebraska anglers are allowed an unlimited number of game fish, with no regard to length limits. Nebraska fishers are allowed two lines maximum.

The Nebraska and South Dakota DNR's are reportedly eradicating the fish populations in Lake Yankton due to a high abundance of 'rough' fish, like
Asian Carp, and the negative impact they're having on the lake.  Afterward, they'll stock the lake up with other fish.

But despite the higher limits, fishers say they're not having any luck making the catch.

"We had um, well we used about five different kinds of bait.  Including the crabs we've got right here in the rocks but no luck," said Mel Schortzman, South Dakota resident and fisherman.

Mel says he'll be back with the family and hopefully with better luck than they had catching fish today.

"Oh, we were hoping to. I've been out here before though and haven't caught anything.  But since the water is supposed to be down, I was
hoping for the best. Yeah, but it'll be nice to get some better fish in here again."

The new rules for Lake Yankton are in effect from now until September 9.  The fish kill is expected to begin September 10.

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