GFP offers reminders when ice fishing

GFP offers reminders when ice fishing With the onset of cold weather, South Dakota's frozen lakes attract people eagerly waiting the ice-fishing season. As many of South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas offer great access to popular ice-fishing lakes, Game, Fish and Parks officials offer a few reminders to winter anglers.

When accessing lakes from a state park or recreation area, a park entrance license is required. Visitors can purchase an annual entrance license at a

local state park or recreation area office, online at www.sdgfp.info/Parks or by calling (605) 773-3391.

Daily entrance licenses can also be purchased for $5 per day, per vehicle at the self-registration stations located at each park entrance.

Park managers would also like to remind visitors to drive only on established roadways and parking lots within the state parks and recreation areas. By driving in restricted areas, drivers can damage the landscape and put themselves in danger.

"With the lack of snow in many parts of the state this year, park managers have seen an increase in fisherman driving off established roadways and parking lots to gain access to the lakes," said Matt Snyder, assistant director of operations with the Division of Parks and Recreation. "In some locations, tow trucks have been needed to pull out stuck vehicles from shorelines and beaches."

As always, anglers should also be aware of weather and use necessary precautions when ice fishing. More information on fishing and the state park system can be found online at www.sdgfp.info.

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