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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 (1994 - 2015)
Amsden Dam, Day County Lake Oahe (Cow Creek), Sully County
Angostura Reservoir, Fall River County Lake Oahe (Grand River Embayment),
    Corson County
Antelope Lake, Day County Lake Oahe (Minneconjou Bay), Stanley County
Bear Butte Creek, Lawrence County Lake Oahe (Moreau River Embayment),
    Dewey County
Beaver Lake, Minnehaha County Lake Oahe (West Whitlock), Potter County
Belle Fourche Reservoir, Butte County Lake Oahe, Stanley & Sully Counties
Belle Fourche River, Butte County Lake Oakwood (East Oakwood Lake),
    Brookings County
Belle Fourche River (near Vale), Lake Pocasse, Campbell County
  Butte County  
Big Sioux River, Minnehaha County Lake Poinsett, Hamlin County
Bitter Lake, Day County Lake Roosevelt, Tripp County
Blue Dog Lake, Day County Lake Sharpe (Farm Island Area),
    Hughes County
Brakke Dam, Lyman County Lake Sharpe (Joe Creek Area),
    Hughes & Lyman Counties
Brant Lake, Lake County Lake Sharpe (North Shore Area),
    Buffalo & Lyman Counties
Brush Lake, Brookings County Lake Sharpe, Stanley & Lyman Counties
Bullhead Lake, Deuel County Lake Sinai, Brookings County
Bullhead Lake, Roberts County Lardy Lake, Day County 
Burke Lake, Gregory County Lemmon Lake (East), Perkins County
Cattail Lake, Marshall County Lily Lake, Day County
Cavour Lake, Beadle County Little Missouri River, Harding County
Cheyenne River (below Edgement), Little Moreau #1, Dewey County
  Fall River County  
Cheyenne River (near Angostura Reservoir), Long Lake, Codington County
  Fall River County  
Cheyenne River, Pennington County Lynn Lake, Day County
Cheyenne River (near Wasta), Mankey Slough, Clark County
  Pennington County  
Clear Lake, Deuel and Marshall Counties Marindahl Lake, Yankton County
Cleghorn Springs Hatchery, McCook Lake, Union County
  Pennington County  
Clubhouse Sough, Marshall County McNenney State Fish Hatchery,
    Lawrence County
Coal Springs Reservoir, Perkins County Middle Lynn Lake, Day County
Cottonwood Lake, Sully County Mina Lake, Edmunds County
Crooked Lake, Grant County Missouri River, Yankton County
Curlew Lake, Meade County Murdo Lake, Jones 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 Pelican Lake, Codington County
East 81 Lake, Brookings County Pickerel Lake, Day County
  (See Twin Lakes/Hwy 81)  
Elm Lake, Brown 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
Horseshoe Lake, Day County Red Iron Lake (South), Marshall County
Hurricane Lake, Roberts County Reetz Lake, Day County
Isabel Lake, Dewey County Reid Lake, Clark County
Island Lake (North), Minnehaha County Richland Dam, Jones County
James River, Beadle County Richmond Dam, Brown County
Lake Albert, Grant County Rose Hill Lake, Hand County
Lake Alice, Deuel County School Lake, Deuel County
Lake Alvin, Lincoln County Sheridan Lake, Pennington County
Lake Byron, Beadle County Sheriff Dam, Jones County
Lake Campbell, Brookings County  Simon Dam, Potter County
Lake Carthage, Miner County Soukup Pond, Minnehaha County
Lake Cochrane, Deuel County South Buffalo Lake, Marshall County
Lake Dante, Charles Mix County South Twin Lake, Minnehaha County
Lake Dimock, Hutchinson County Spearfish Creek, Lawrence County
Lake Francis Case (Between White River Staum Dam, Beadle County
Confluence & Boyer)  
Lake Francis Case (Pease Creek), Stockade Lake, Custer County
  Gregory & Charles Mix Counties  
Lake Francis Case (Platte/Winner Bridge), Summit Lake, Grant County
  Gregory County  
Lake Francis Case, Lyman County Swan Lake, Clark County
Lake Henry, Bon Homme County  Twin Dam, Stanley County
Lake Herman, Lake County Twin Lake, Sanborn County
Lake Hiddenwood, Walworth County Vermillion Lake, McCook County
Lake Hurley, Potter County Waggoner Lake, Haakon County
Lake Isabel, Dewey County Wall Lake, Minnehaha County
Lake Kampeska, Codington County Waubay Lake, Day County
Lake Louise, Hand County West 81 Lake/Twin Lakes Complex,
    Brookings & Kingsbury Counties
Lake Madison, Lake County Whitewood Creek, Lawrence County
Lake Minnewasta, Day County Whitewood Lake, Kingsbury County
Lake Mitchell, Davison County Wilmarth Lake, Aurora County 
Waterbodies Tested 2016
Enemy Swim Lake, Day County  Roy, Marshall County
Henry, Kingsbury County  Rush Lake (North & South), Day County
Lake Byre, Lyman County Shadehill, Perkins County
New Wall, Pennington County Thompson, Kingsbury County
Opitz Lake, Day County Twin Lakes/Hwy 81, Kingsbury County
Pactola, Pennington County Twin Lakes (South Twin & North Twin),
    Minnehaha 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