Free fishing for three days May 17-19 in South Dakota

Free fishing for three days May 17-19 in South Dakota Anglers won't need a fishing license for three days during South Dakota's widely anticipated free-fishing weekend that kicks into action today (Friday, May 17), and continues till midnight on Sunday, May 19.

"For three-consecutive days, South Dakota's resident and nonresident anglers will be allowed to fish public waters for free," said Game, Fish and Parks Secretary John Cooper. "So get the fishing gear ready and keep your fingers crossed for nice weather."

Cooper noted that state park entrance fees are also waived for Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, and he recommends folks visit their favorite state parks or recreation area.

"That's two days of free admission," he said. "All you need to pay is the camping fee if you decide to stay the night."

State parks and recreation areas all offer a wide variety of outdoor fun, including camping, picnicking, boating, cabins and rental trailers. Many parks also offer trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Custer State Park in the Black Hills offers a wide spectrum of outdoor accommodations, from rustic camping to modern resorts. Also included are abundant wildlife and scenic splendor.

"The free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for people to enjoy South Dakota's outdoors," Cooper said. "Let's all get out more and take time to

explore!"

For more fishing, boating and state park information, visit the department Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/, or contact a Game, Fish and Parks office for free copies of the 2002 Fishing Handbook, Public Fishing Waters booklet, boating regulations, Black Hills Fishing Guide, Park Times or Custer State Park's Tatanka. Camping reservations can be made by calling 1-800-710-2267 or by going online to www.campsd.com.

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