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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
2006 2009 2012
2007 2010 2013
2008 2011  
Most Recent Creel Reports
Bitter Lake Lake Kampeska
Enemy Swim Lynn Lake
Horseshoe Lake Lake Poinsett
Pickerel Lake Waubay Lake
Most Recent Lake Surveys




Lake Alice Bullhead Lake - Deuel County Amsden Dam
Augustana WPA Cochrane Lake Antelope Lake
Bitter Lake Elm Lake Blue Dog Lake
Cottonwood Lake-Spink County Hazeldon Lake Clear Lake - Hamlin County
Cattail-Kettle Lake Keisz Lake Cottonwood Lake - Clark County
Clear Lake - Marshall County Lake Norden Dry Lake #2 - Clark County
Clear Lake - Deuel County Lily GPA Horseshoe Lake - Day County
Cottonwood Lake - Marshall County Long Lake - McPherson County Mud Lake
Dry Lake - Codington County Mid-Lynn Lake North Scatterwood Lake
East Krause Minnewasta Lake Redfield Dam
East Stink Lake Nine Mile Lake Round Lake - Deuel County
Enemy Swim Lake Pelican Lake Stink Lake - Codington County
Grass Lake-Codington County Pierpont Dam Twin Lake - Spink County
Lake Farley Piyas Lake West Stink Lake
Lardy Lake Reid Lake (2012) Wolf Slough - Codington County
Fish Lake Swan Lake - Clark County  
Goose Lake - Codington County Twin Lakes - McPherson County  
Lake Kampeska White Lake  
Lake Poinsett    
Long Lake - Codington County    
Lynn Lake    
Mina Lake    
North Buffalo Lake    
North Drywood Lake    
North Rush Lake  
Opitz Lake  
Pickerel Lake  
Punished Woman Lake  
Round Lake-Codington County  
Roy Lake  
Six Mile Lake  
South Buffalo Lake  
South Rush Lake  
Waubay Lake  

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