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LETTER: Close walleye season during the spawn

To the Editor: Roger Wiltz's column from Feb. 20 about closing the walleye season during the spawn is a good one. If anyone thinks walleye fishing the spawn is a good idea, they should go to Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and convince them...

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To the Editor:
Roger Wiltz's column from Feb. 20 about closing the walleye season during the spawn is a good one. If anyone thinks walleye fishing the spawn is a good idea, they should go to Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and convince them to open their walleye season during spawn. I bet they would laugh in your face.

When the season is closed during the spawn in those states, they come here like Genghis Kahn and the invading hordes to plunder our lakes.

Last spring I went to Dry Lake near Willow Lake, twice. I arrived early in the morning; I threw up my hands, turned around and drove back home. There were so many out-of-state fishermen that it would take hours to get on the water. This small SD lake is definitely not a well-kept secret.

It is time SD fishermen get respect and consideration. I think SD fishermen feel we should close walleye fishing during the spawn to out-of-state fishermen until they are allowed to fish in their own state.

Mr. Kaup says Minnesota fisherman are ecstatic to come here and catch fish. If I had no strawberries in my patch but my neighbor did, I would be ecstatic if I could go pick his strawberries.

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I have fished the Missouri for 60 years. Once you could catch an eight fish limit most anytime. The river is definitely fished down. Sometimes fishing is good but there are days with 20 or 30 boats in an area and not a single fish pulled in. There are just too many egg laden female walleyes being caught and kept.

I wonder how the GF&P arrived at the conclusion that closing the fishing during spawn makes no difference. I doubt they know something the Minnesota biologists don't. I think it's about the almighty dollar.

Bottom line: we need to close fishing to non-residents until they can fish their own waters. We should put this on a ballot.

I didn't believe the SD GF&P pheasant numbers for last fall either. I think they were blowing smoke.

Dennis Hegg

Mitchell

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