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Black Hills Fishing Regulations: Exceptions to Statewide Limits

Black Hills Fish Management Area

This area encompasses all waters within a defined boundary in the Black Hills, offering unique fishing experiences with specific regulations to conserve fish populations, particularly trout and lake trout/splake.

  • Trout: Daily limit includes only one trout 14 inches or longer from streams (not applicable to reservoirs). High grading of trout is not allowed.
  • Lake Trout/Splake: Limited to a daily catch of 1, with a minimum length of 24 inches.

Rapid Creek - Pennington County (Below Pactola Dam)

This stretch is designated for catch and release fishing, preserving trout populations and promoting sustainable angling practices.

  • Trout: Catch and release only.
  • Bait Restrictions: Only artificial lures permitted. The use or possession of organic bait is banned within 100 feet of the stream.

Rapid Creek - Pennington County (In Meadow Golf Course)

A specific segment within Rapid City subject to catch and release to maintain trout numbers and ecological balance.

  • Trout: Catch and release only.
  • Bait Restrictions: Similar to the area below Pactola Dam, only artificial lures are allowed, with organic bait prohibited within 100 feet of the stream.

Spearfish Creek - Lawrence County

A section of Spearfish Creek with catch and release regulations for rainbow trout, aimed at protecting this species while allowing for the standard harvest of other trout types.

  • Trout: Rainbow trout are catch and release only. Other trout species follow standard harvest limits.
  • Bait Restrictions: Artificial lures only, with organic bait use or possession banned within 100 feet of the stream.

Yates Ponds - Cheyenne Crossing, Lawrence County

A serene fishing spot with a catch and release policy for trout to ensure their sustainability.

  • Trout: Catch and release only.
  • Bait Restrictions: Only artificial lures are allowed, with organic bait prohibited within 100 feet of the ponds.
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