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South Dakota Fish Consumption Advisories

Each year, the Departments of Health, Environment and Natural Resources, and Game, Fish & Parks cooperate to perform fish collection and sampling.  The Department of Health issues consumption advisories.

The state of South Dakota has issued consumption advisories based on Mercury concentrations in fish, for: Bitter Lake, Coal Springs Reservoir, Elm Lake, Hazeldon Lake, Hurley Lake, Island Lake (North), Lake Isabel, Lake Minnewasta, Lardy Lake, Long Lake, Lynn Lake, Middle Lynn Lake, Newell Lake, Opitz Lake, Pudwell Dam, Swan Lake, Twin Lakes/Highway 81, Reid Lake, Roosevelt Lake, and Twin Lakes (Minnehaha).  For more information please visit the Department of Health website.

              Waterbodies Tested 1996-2016
Amsden Dam, Day County   Lake Oahe (Minneconjou Bay), Stanley County
Angostura Reservoir, Fall River County   Lake Oahe (Moreau River Embayment),
Antelope Lake, Day County     Dewey County
Bear Butte Creek, Lawrence County   Lake Oahe (West Whitlock), Potter County
Beaver Lake, Minnehaha County   Lake Oahe, Stanley & Sully Counties
Belle Fourche Reservoir, Butte County   Lake Oakwood (East Oakwood Lake),
Belle Fourche River, Butte County     Brookings County
Belle Fourche River (near Vale),   Lake Pocasse, Campbell County
  Butte County   Lake Poinsett, Hamlin County
Big Sioux River, Minnehaha County   Lake Roosevelt, Tripp County
Bitter Lake, Day County   Lake Sharpe (Farm Island Area),
Blue Dog Lake, Day County     Hughes County
Brakke Dam, Lyman County   Lake Sharpe (Joe Creek Area),
Brant Lake, Lake County     Hughes & Lyman Counties
Brush Lake, Brookings County   Lake Sharpe (North Shore Area),
Bullhead Lake, Deuel County     Buffalo & Lyman Counties
Bullhead Lake, Roberts County   Lake Sharpe, Stanley & Lyman Counties
Burke Lake, Gregory County   Lake Sinai, Brookings County
Cattail Lake, Marshall County   Lardy Lake, Day County 
Cavour Lake, Beadle County   Lemmon Lake (East), Perkins County
Cheyenne River (below Edgemont),   Lily Lake, Day County
  Fall River County   Little Missouri River, Harding County
Cheyenne River (near Angostura Reservoir),   Little Moreau #1, Dewey County
  Fall River County   Long Lake, Codington County
Cheyenne River, Pennington County   Lynn Lake, Day County
Cheyenne River (near Wasta),   Mankey Slough, Clark County
  Pennington County   Marindahl Lake, Yankton County
Clear Lake, Deuel and Marshall Counties   McCook Lake, Union County
Cleghorn Springs Hatchery,   McNenney State Fish Hatchery,
  Pennington County     Lawrence County
Clubhouse Sough, Marshall County   Middle Lynn Lake, Day County
Coal Springs Reservoir, Perkins County   Mina Lake, Edmunds County
Cottonwood Lake, Sully County   Missouri River, Yankton County
Crooked Lake, Grant County   Murdo Lake, Jones County
Curlew Lake, Meade County   New Wall, Pennington County
Deerfield Reservoir, Pennington County   Newell Lake, Butte County
Diamond Lake, Minnehaha County   North Fork Whetstone River, Grant County
Dry Lake #2, Clark County   North Twin Lake, Minnehaha County
Dry Lake, Codington County   Opitz Lake, Day County
East 81 Lake, Brookings County   Pactola, Pennington County
  (See Twin Lakes/Hwy 81)   Pelican Lake, Codington County
Elm Lake, Brown County   Pickerel Lake, Day County
Enemy Swim Lake, Day County   Piyas Lake, Marshall County
Fate Dam, Lyman County   Pott's Dam, Potter County
Faulkton Lake, Faulk County   Pudwell Dam, Corson County
Goldsmith Lake, Brookings County   Punished Women Lake, Codington County
Goose Lake, Codington County   Rapid Creek, Pennington County
Hayes Lake, Stanley County   Ravine Lake, Beadle County
Henry, Kingsbury County   Red Iron Lake (South), Marshall County
Horseshoe Lake, Day County   Reetz Lake, Day County
Hurricane Lake, Roberts County   Reid Lake, Clark County
Isabel Lake, Dewey County   Richland Dam, Jones County
Island Lake (North), Minnehaha County   Richmond Dam, Brown County
James River, Beadle County   Rose Hill Lake, Hand County
Lake Albert, Grant County   Roy, Marshall County
Lake Alice, Deuel County   Rush Lake (North & South), Day County
Lake Alvin, Lincoln County   Shadehill, Perkins County
Lake Byre, Lyman County   School Lake, Deuel County
Lake Byron, Beadle County   Sheridan Lake, Pennington County
Lake Campbell, Brookings County    Sheriff Dam, Jones County
Lake Carthage, Miner County   Simon Dam, Potter County
Lake Cochrane, Deuel County   Soukup Pond, Minnehaha County
Lake Dante, Charles Mix County   South Buffalo Lake, Marshall County
Lake Dimock, Hutchinson County   South Twin Lake, Minnehaha County
Lake Francis Case (Between White River   Spearfish Creek, Lawrence County
  Confluence & Boyer)   Staum Dam, Beadle County
Lake Francis Case (Pease Creek),   Stockade Lake, Custer County
  Gregory & Charles Mix Counties   Summit Lake, Grant County
Lake Francis Case (Platte/Winner Bridge),   Swan Lake, Clark County
  Gregory County   Thompson, Kingsbury County
Lake Francis Case, Lyman County   Twin Dam, Stanley County
Lake Henry, Bon Homme County    Twin Lake, Sanborn County
Lake Herman, Lake County   Twin Lakes/Hwy 81, Kingsbury County
Lake Hiddenwood, Walworth County   Twin Lakes (South Twin & North Twin),
Lake Hurley, Potter County     Minnehaha County
Lake Isabel, Dewey County   Vermillion Lake, McCook County
Lake Kampeska, Codington County   Waggoner Lake, Haakon County
Lake Louise, Hand County   Wall Lake, Minnehaha County
Lake Madison, Lake County   Waubay Lake, Day County
Lake Minnewasta, Day County   West 81 Lake/Twin Lakes Complex,
Lake Mitchell, Davison County     Brookings & Kingsbury Counties
Lake Oahe (Cow Creek), Sully County   Whitewood Creek, Lawrence County
Lake Oahe (Grand River Embayment),   Whitewood Lake, Kingsbury County
  Corson County   Wilmarth Lake, Aurora County 
                Waterbodies Tested 2017
Amsden Dam, Day County   Lemmon Lake (East), Perkings
Antelope Lake, Day County   Lewis & Clark Lake, Yankton/Bon Homme Counties
Belle Fourche Reservoir   Newell Lake, Butte County
Coal Springs, Perkins County   Pelican Lake, Codington County
Curlew Lake, Meade County   Punished Woman Lake, Codington County
Horseshoe Lake, Day County   Simon Dam, Potter County
Island Lake, Minnehaha/McCook Counties   South Buffalo Lake, Marshall County
Lake Hurley, Potter County   Vermillion Lake, McCook County
Lake Isabel, Dewey County    

GF&P and DENR personnel obtaining a plug of fillet tissue from a Largemouth Bass.  The tissue is sent to the state health laboratory for analysis.  This fish was released and has a excellent chance for recovery.



For more

information contact:


Pat Snyder - Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources (605) 773-3351

Bill Chalcraft - Dept. of Health (605) 773-3907

John Lott - Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks (605) 773-4508