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Northeast SD Fish Sampling Results

The links below will exhibit graphs showing the results of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) sampling during the past summer in northeastern South Dakota, as well as the most recent lake survey, and angler use and harvest (creel) survey reports for a given lake.

Past summer's sampling results

The graphs show the average number of a given species that was caught per net at each lake. For each lake, the sample of a given species is divided into different length categories. Generally speaking, high net catches and large sizes should indicate good fishing, whereas high net catches and small sizes may indicate future angling opportunities.

If you do not see a lake on the graphs it does not mean that the lake does not have fish, but that it probably was not sampled during the past year. The graphs will provide anglers with an idea of the abundance and available sizes of a given species in each sampled lake. Just because fish are present is no guarantee that the fish will bite. Anglers should consult the South Dakota Fishing Handbook to know the fisheries regulations for the waters that they intend to fish.

Lake surveys provide information on fish communities. Some lakes are surveyed on an annual basis and others are surveyed less frequently. A variety of fish collection gears may be used during a survey, including, but not limited to, gill nets, trap nets, and electrofishing. In general, gill nets are used to sample walleye and yellow perch; while trap nets sample bullheads, bluegills, catfish, crappies. Electrofishing is used to sample largemouth and smallmouth bass, and to sample young walleye to assess natural reproduction or success of stocking.

Angler use and harvest (creel) surveys provide information on fishing pressure, catch and harvest of fish species, and angler demographics and preferences. Fishing pressure is calculated from counts of boat and shore anglers. In the winter, occupied ice houses and open-ice anglers are counted. Harvest rates (number of fish harvested per hour of fishing) and catch rates (harvest + release rates) are calculated from angler interviews. An interview consists of questions about the length of time fished, the number and species of fish harvested and released, fishing methods, targeted species, and angler residence and preferences. Total catch and harvest are calculated by multiplying the average catch or harvest rate by the total fishing pressure.

Technical terminology mentioned in the lake survey reports

Stocking Information
2003 2006 2009
2004 2007 2010
2005 2008  
Most Recent Creel Reports
Bitter Lake   Cattail/Kettle Lake   Enemy Swim Lake
Pickerel Lake   Waubay Lake    

Anglers should consult the South Dakota Fishing Handbook to know the fisheries regulations for the waters that they intend to fish.

Most Recent Lake Survey Reports
Lake Alice (2010) Goose Lake - Codington Co (2010) Punished Woman Lake (2009)
Amsden Dam (2011) Hazeldon Lake (2012) Redfield Dam (2011)
Antelope Lake (2011) Horseshoe Lake - Day Co (2011) Reid Lake (2012)
Bailey Lake (2010) Hurricane Lake (2008) Richmond Lake (2012)
Bierman Pit (2009) Kampeska Pits (2006) Round Lake - Clark Co (2010)
Bitter Lake (2012) Keisz Lake (2012) Round Lake - Deuel Co (2011)
Blue Dog Lake (2011) Lake Kampeska (2012) Roy Lake (2012)
Bullhead Lake - Deuel County (2012) Lake Norden (2012) Six Mile Lake (2009)
Bullhead Lake - Marshall Co (2009) Lake Minnewasta (2009) South Buffalo Lake (2011)
Cattail-Kettle Lake (2012) Lake Poinsett (2012) South Red Iron Lake (2012)
Campbell Slough(2008) Leola Dam (2007) Rush Lakes (2010)
Clear Lake - Marshall County (2012) Lily GPA (2012) Stink Lake - Codington Co (2011)
Clear Lake - Hamlin County (2011) Long Lake - Codington Co (2010) Summit Lake (2010)
Clear Lake - Deuel County (2009) Long Lake - McPherson Co (2012) Swan Lake - Clark County (2012)
Cochrane Lake (2012) Lynn Lake (2012) Twin Lake - Spink Co (2011)
Cottonwood Lake - Clark Co (2011) Mid-Lynn Lake (2012) Twin Lakes - McPherson Co (2012)
Cottonwood Lake - Marshall Co (2009) Minnewasta Lake (2012) Waubay Lake (2012)
Cresbard Lake (2010) Mina Lake (2012) West Stink Lake (2011)
Dry Lake - Coddinton Co (2003-2005) Mud Lake (2011) White Lake (2012)
Dry Lake #2 - Clark Co (2011) Nine Mile Lake (2012) Willow Dam (2008)
North Drywood Lake (2010) North Buffalo Lake (2010) Wolf Slough - Codington Co (2011)
Elm Lake (2012) North Scatterwood Lake (2011)  
Enemy Swim Lake (2012) Opitz Lake (2012)  
Eureka Lake (2010) Pelican Lake (2012)  
Lake Farley (2008) Pickerel Lake (2012)
Faulkton Lake (2010) Pierpont Dam (2012)
Fish Lake (2009) Piyas Lake (2012)
Four-Mile Lake (2009)  

Protect our Waters

You can do your part for the health and productivity of South Dakota's waters by being proactive in preventing the spread of invasive plant, fish and animal species that threaten to crowd out native species.