The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department is continuing to work on access agreement terms to non meandered lakes in Northeast South Dakota. Most recently the staff has been working out an arrangement on a controversial agreement with a landowner at Reetz Lake in Day County. The popular lake is currently closed to anglers. Game, Fish and Parks Regional Supervisor Mike Klosowki (CLOH-sow-ski) at Watertown says House Bill 1001, which was approved by the legislature, opened all non meandered Waters unless they’re marked. He’s hopeful this arrangement and others can be worked out:
if approved by the Game Fish and Parks Commission in July, the trophy lake, located South of Webster in northeast South Dakota, would be reopened but with specific conditions. He says the rub for anglers is the specific window of fishing time, limits and size length of fish:
Other negotiations have also been ongoing with landowners in other area, but to date no new agreements have been reached. Klosowski says that nearly 3,800 acres of non-meandered acres of water have been opened for recreation this summer in areas marked private in South Dakota:
The Game Fish and Parks Commission hearing July 11th begins 10 a.m. at the Ramkota in Pierre. Klosowski says the public is welcome to testify in person or by written comment. The original Open Waters Compromise approved by the legislature in 2017 was intended to strike a balance between the public’s interest in recreation and respect for private property rights. The legislation was crafted by sportsmen, women, landowners, attorneys and policy experts.