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GFP News - september 30, 2016

free watercraft decontaminations for yankton boaters in october

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will provide free watercraft decontaminations for Yankton-area boaters at Lewis and Clark Marina in October.

Two teams will be stationed near Lewis and Clark Marina Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT each of those days to help boaters remove zebra mussels attached to their boats after having them in the boat slips this summer. 

Recent survey results showed that over 80 percent of the boats in the marina have at least one mussel on the boat (and usually dozens). The image above shows one of the boat ladders with zebra mussels attached.

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mickelson pond in pierre to be sotcked with rainbow trout

Pierre, S.D. - Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery staff will release 1,200 11 inch rainbow trout into Mickelson Pond on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Pierre.

The water temperatures have cooled making it suitable for trout this fall and winter. A cooperative project between the City of Pierre and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks led to installation of an Americans with Disabilities Act accessible floating fishing pier, shore fishing areas, a vault toilet, parking area and other amenities.

The pond will be stocked with warm water fish like bass, bluegills and crappies in the spring and summer months and with trout when the water cools in the fall.


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