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South Dakota Officials To Study Catfish In The James River

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department is studying catfish in the James River for the first time in about two decades to see if trophy catfish are being overharvested.
Officials will spend about 1,200 hours researching the fish over the next two years. The study began last month and is being conducted on roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the James River.
Researchers will catch fish, document certain information, tag the animals and then release them back into the river.
Dave Lucchesi is a fisheries biologist with the department. He says catfish anglers are concerned about overharvesting and are pushing for more restrictive regulations.
South Dakota anglers are limited to catching 10 catfish a day. The state doesn't have a size restriction for catfish.

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