GFP's Jake Davis Named Fisheries Biologist of the Year

November 6, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. - Jake Davis, a western South Dakota fisheries supervisor for Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), was recently selected as the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) Fisheries Biologist of the Year. MAFWA is an organization of 13 states and three provincial midwest fish and wildlife agencies.

“Jake’s ability to develop and maintain working relationships with government agencies, university researchers, surface water users, and the angling and boating public has resulted in some dramatic changes in fisheries management and angler satisfaction, particularly in the Black Hills,” said John Lott, aquatics section chief for GFP.

Davis has worked with hatcheries to increase return of stocked trout to anglers in the Black Hills, as well as making efforts to improve habitat and flows for trout in Rapid Creek.

“His collaborative approach to addressing fisheries management needs and his focus on accomplishing the top priorities for the Black Hills and western South Dakota fisheries have contributed to Jake's success,” said Lott.

Davis, who is stationed in Rapid City, has served as the area fisheries supervisor since 2015. 


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