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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, South Buffalo Lake, Swan Lake, Twin Lakes/Highway 81, Reid Lake, Roosevelt Lake, and Twin Lakes (Minnehaha).  For more information please visit the Department of Health website. South Dakota fish sampling protocols and procedures can be found here: Intensive and Screening Protocols and Procedures

Waterbodies Tested 1996-2017
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
Belle Fourche Reservoir, Butte County Lake Oahe, Stanley & Sully Counties
Belle Fourche River, Butte County Lake Oakwood (East Oakwood Lake),
Belle Fourche River (near Vale),   Brookings County
  Butte County Lake Pocasse, Campbell County
Big Sioux River, Lake Poinsett, Hamlin County
  Moody 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), Lewis & Clark Lake
  Yankton & Bon Homme Counties
  Fall River County
Cheyenne River (near Angostura Reservoir), Lily Lake, Day County
  Fall River County Little Missouri River, Harding County
Cheyenne River, Pennington County Little Moreau #1, Dewey County
Cheyenne River (near Wasta), Long Lake, Codington County
  Pennington County Lynn Lake, Day County
Clear Lake, Deuel County Mankey Slough, Clark County
Cleghorn Springs Hatchery, Marindahl Lake, Yankton County
  Pennington County McCook Lake, Union County
Clubhouse Sough, Marshall County McNenney State Fish Hatchery,
Coal Springs Reservoir, Perkins County   Lawrence County
Cottonwood Lake, Sully County Middle Lynn Lake, Day County
Crooked Lake, Grant County Mina Lake, Edmunds County
Curlew Lake, Meade County Missouri River, Yankton County
Deerfield Reservoir, Pennington County Murdo Lake, Jones County
Dry Lake #2, Clark County New Wall, Pennington County
Dry Lake, Codington County Newell Lake, Butte County
East 81 Lake, Brookings County North Fork Whetstone River, Grant County
  (See Twin Lakes/Hwy 81) North Twin Lake, Minnehaha County
Elm Lake, Brown County Opitz Lake, Day County
Enemy Swim Lake, Day County Pactola, Pennington County
Fate Dam, Lyman County Pelican Lake, Codington 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 Rush Lake (North & South), Day County
Lake Alice, Deuel County Shadehill, Perkins County
Lake Alvin, Lincoln County School Lake, Deuel County
Lake Byre, Lyman 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) Stockade Lake, Custer County
Lake Francis Case (Pease Creek), Summit Lake, Grant County
  Gregory & Charles Mix Counties Swan Lake, Clark County
Lake Francis Case (Platte/Winner Bridge), Thompson, Kingsbury County
  Gregory County Twin Dam, Stanley County
Lake Francis Case, Lyman County Twin Lake, Sanborn County
Lake Henry, Bon Homme County  Twin Lakes/Hwy 81, Kingsbury County
Lake Herman, Lake County Twin Lakes (South Twin & North Twin),
Lake Hiddenwood, Walworth County   Minnehaha County
Lake Hurley, Potter County Vermillion Lake, McCook County
Lake Isabel, Dewey County Waggoner Lake, Haakon County
Lake Kampeska, Codington County Wall Lake, Minnehaha County
Lake Louise, Hand County Waubay Lake, Day County
Lake Madison, Lake County West 81 Lake/Twin Lakes Complex,
Lake Minnewasta, Day County   Brookings & Kingsbury Counties
Lake Mitchell, Davison County Whitewood Creek, Lawrence County
Lake Oahe (Cow Creek), Sully County Whitewood Lake, Kingsbury County
Lake Oahe (Grand River Embayment), Wilmarth Lake, Aurora County 
  Corson County
Waterbodies Tested 2018
Beaver Lake, Minnehaha County James River - above Yankton
Big Sioux, Minnehaha County   Yankton County
Clear Lake, Marshall County Lake Francis Case, Brule County
Diamond Lake, Minnehaha County Pickerel Lake, Day County
Dog Ear, Tripp County Piyas Lake, Marshall County
Durkee, Meade County Pott's Dam, Potter County
Grass, Codington County Roy, Marshall County
James River - below Milltown
  Hutchinson 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:


Shannon Minerich - 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