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Northeast SD Fish Sampling Results

The links below will exhibit graphs showing the results of GFP 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 summers 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
2008 2011 2014
2009 2012 2015
2010 2013  
Most Recent Creel Reports
Bitter Lake Lake Kampeska
Enemy Swim Lynn Lake
Horseshoe Lake Lake Poinsett
Pickerel Lake Waubay Lake
Most Recent Lake Surveys





Anderson Clough-Edmunds County Amsden Dam Lake Alice Bullhead Lake - Deuel County
Bailey Lake Antelope Lake Augustana WPA Keisz Lake
Bitter Lake Antelope - Indian Springs   Lake Norden
Cattial/Kettle Lake Bierman Pit Cottonwood Lake-Spink County Lily GPA
Clear Lake-Marshall County Bitter Lake Clear Lake - Deuel County Long Lake - McPherson County
Clubhouse Slough Blue Dog Lake Cottonwood Lake - Marshall County Mid-Lynn Lake
Cottonwood Lake-Clark County Bullhead Lake (Marshall County) Dry Lake - Codington County Minnewasta Lake
Cresbard Lake Cattail Kettle East Krause Nine Mile Lake
Dry Lake #2 Clear Lake (Marshall County) East Stink Lake Pierpont Dam
Enemy Swim Lake Clear Lake (Hamlin County) Grass Lake-Codington County Piyas Lake
Hamak Lake Elm Lake Lake Farley Reid Lake (2012)
Horseshoe Lake-Day County Enemy Swim Lake Lardy Lake Swan Lake - Clark County
Lake Faulkton Eureka Lake Fish Lake Twin Lakes - McPherson County
Lake Kampeska Four-Mile Lake Goose Lake - Codington County White Lake
Lake Nicholson Hazeldon Lake Long Lake - Codington County  
Lake Poinsett Horseshoe Lake (Day County) North Buffalo Lake  
Lynn Lake Hurricane Lake North Drywood Lake  
Middle Lynn Lake Kampeska Pit North Rush Lake  
Mina Lake Lake Cochrane Punished Woman Lake  
Minnewasta Lake Lake Kampeska Round Lake-Codington County  
Mud Lake-Spink County Lake Poinsett Six Mile Lake  
Opitz Lake Lynn Lake South Buffalo Lake  
Pickerel Lake Mina Lake South Rush Lake  
Piyas Lake Opitz Lake    
Redfield Dam Pelican Lake  
Reid/Round Lake Pickerel Lake  
Richmond Lake Pigors Dam  
Roy Lake Richmond Lake  
South Buffalo Lake Roy Lake  
South Red Iron Lake Summit Lake  
Stink Lake-Codington County Waubay Lake  
Swan Lake-Clark County West Stink Lake  
Twin Lake-Spink County    
Waubay Lake    

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