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Water Bill Weighed by Lawmakers Upsets Anglers

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PIERRE – A bill that’s making its way through the South Dakota Legislature has upset some anglers.

House Bill 1135 deals with the rights people have on water that’s over private ground. The bill’s backers say it’s meant to help landowners.

Professional fisherman Ted Takasaki says the legislation is anti-sportsman and would block hunters and anglers from accessing non-meandering waters – or lakes and sloughs that weren’t mapped around when South Dakota was surveyed.

The bill pertains to lakes on private grounds that aren’t connected to lakes on public ground. KELO-TV reports that landowner would have to put up signs if they don’t want people to use the water.

The bill is scheduled to be in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday morning.

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