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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).

Stocking Records
2013 2012 2011 2010
Lake Survey Catches

 

Lake Fishery Surveys
Stream Fishery Surveys

Angostora (2013)
Bandit Pond (2013)
Bear Butte Lake (2013)
Belle Fourche Reseroir (2013)
Belvidere Lake (2013)
Buffalo Gap Grasslands (2012)
Center Lake (2013)
Coal Springs Lake (2013)
Curlew (2013)
Deerfield (2013)
Durkee (2013)
East Lemmon Lake (2013)
Flat Creek (2013)
Gardner Lake (2013)
Gateway Pond (2013)
Heritage Pond (2013)

Hilland Pond (2013)
Little White River Project (2013)
Newell City Pond (2013)
Newell Lake (2013)
New Underwood Lake (2013)
New Wall (2013) Opal Lake (2013)
Owens Lake (2013)
Pactola Reservoir (2013)
Pasture 6 Bottleneck Pond (2013)
Pasture 6 North DU Pond (2013)
Pasture 8 DU Pond (2013)
Pasture 8 Kids Pond (2013)
Shadehill Reservoir (2013)
Sheridan Lake (2013)
Stockade Lake (2013)
Todd Dam (2013)

Box Elder Creek (2012)
Rapid Creek (2012)
Spearfish Creek (2012)

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.

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.