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Western Fisheries Surveys

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks conducts a variety of surveys to assess adult fish populations, young fish production, fishing pressure, and harvest. Angler creel and fish population surveys help fisheries managers and biologists evaluate the benefits of management activities such as stocking, harvest restrictions and habitat improvement. Future management strategies are often based on survey findings. Creel and netting survey reports for our more popular lakes can be viewed using the links shown below. Reports will be added to this site as they are completed. Fisheries management questions can be directed to Gene Galinat. (SDGFP - Rapid City, 605.394.2391).

Stream Reports
2015 2014    
Stocking Records
2015 2014 2013 2012
Lake Survey Catches
Lake Fishery Surveys
Stream Fishery Surveys

Angostora (2015)
Bandit Pond (2013)
Bear Butte Lake (2015)
Belle Fourche Reservoir (2015)
Belvidere Lake (2014)
Bessler Ponds (2015)
Box Elder City Pond (2014)
Buffalo Gap Grasslands (2015)
Center Lake (2013)
Coal Springs Lake (2015)
Curlew (2015)
Deerfield (2015)
Durkee (2015)
East Lemmon Lake (2015)
Flat Creek (2015)
Ft. Meade Dam (2014)
Gardner Lake (2015)
Gateway Pond (2013)
Heritage Pond (2013)
Hilland Pond (2013)
Little White River Project (2015)

Newell City Pond (2013)
New Underwood Lake (2015)
New Wall (2015)
Newell Lake (2015)
Old Wall Lake (2015)
Opal Lake (2015)
Owens Lake (2015)
Pactola Reservoir (2014)
Pasture 6 Bottleneck Pond (2013)
Pasture 6 North DU Pond (2013)
Pasture 8 DU Pond (2013)
Pasture 8 Kids Pond (2013)
Rabbit Creek Dam (2015)
Shadehill Reservoir (2014)
Sheridan Lake (2015)
Sorum Lake (2015)
Stockade Lake (2015)
Tennyson Dam (2015)
Tisdale (2014)
Todd Dam (2013)
USFS Pasture (2014)
Waggoner (2015)
Williams Dam (2014)

2013 French Creek
2013 Rapid Creek
2013 Spearfish Creek
2013 Whitewood Creek

Lake and Stream surveys provide information on fish communities. Some waters are surveyed annually; others less frequently. A variety of fish collection gears may be used during a survey, including gill nets, trap nets, and electrofishing. In general, gill nets are used to sample walleyes and yellow perch. Northern pike, bluegills, crappies, bullheads and catfish are sampled with trap nets. Boat electrofishing is used to sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and juvenile walleyes. Technical terminology mentioned in the survey reports.
Angler Creel Surveys
Angostura (2001) Belle Fourche (2002) Sheridan (2003) Stockade (2003)
Center Lake (2009) Deerfield Lake (2010) Spearfish Creek (2010) Stockade Lake (2011)
Coldbrook Reservoir, Sylvan Lake, Center Lake, Horsethief Lake, Canyon Lake, Iron Creek Lake (2007)    
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.

Aquatic Invasive Species in South Dakota

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