Lake Francis Case 2013 Fishing Forecast
Biologists working on Lake Francis Case annually survey both the fish population and angler use and harvest of that population. Over time, information collected from these surveys identifies trends in fish population dynamics and angler use and harvest. This long-term data helps biologists evaluate the effectiveness of past management efforts and predict future fishing trends. Anglers spent over 600,000 hours fishing Lake Francis Case in 2012 and harvested nearly 200,000 walleye! Walleye anglers experienced excellent catch rates during 2012, catching 1.3 walleye for every hour fished.
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It is no secret that anglers come to South Dakota to enjoy the fantastic walleye fishing opportunities our great state has to offer. Lake Francis Case is no exception. A vast majority of anglers fishing Lake Francis Case are targeting walleye. Results from the 2012 April-September creel survey showed that 87% of the anglers fished primarily for walleye. While many other fish species provide excellent angling opportunities and great table fare, only a small percentage of anglers specifically target these species.