Fish-consumption advisories issued for many South Dakota waters

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KELO Game Fish and Parks Department

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Three state government agencies issued advisories Tuesday suggesting people be cautious about the fish they eat from some South Dakota lakes.

Elevated levels of mercury have been found in some instances.

For example, all walleyes from Bitter Lake in Day County and from Twin Lakes in Minnehaha County could have too much mercury in them.

“The purpose of these advisories is not to discourage you from eating fish. It is intended as a guide to help you select sizes and species of fish low in mercury,” a statement from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks said.

The state Department of Health and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources participated.

By county, the lakes and species are:

Brown — Elm Lake, walleyes longer than 25 inches.

Butte — Newell Lake, walleyes longer than 18 inches and northern pike longer than 18 inches.

Clark — (2) Reid Lake, walleyes longer than 23 inches. Swan Lake, walleyes longer than 21 inches.

Codington — Long Lake, walleyes longer than 17 inches.

Corson — Pudwell Dam, walleyes longer than 18 inches and crappies longer than 12 inches.

Day — (7) Bitter Lake, walleyes of all lengths and northern pike longer than 30 inches. Hazeldon, walleyes longer than 21 inches. Lake Minnewasta, walleyes longer than 18 inches. Lardy Lake, walleyes longer than 25 inches. Lynn Lake, walleyes longer than 18 inches. Middle Lynn Lake, walleyes longer than 18 inches. Opitz Lake, northern pike longer than 26 inches.

Dewey — Lake Isabel, northern pike longer than 25 inches and largemouth bass longer than 17 inches.

Kingsbury and Brookings — Twin Lakes, walleyes longer than 18 inches and northern pike longer than 19 inches.

Marshall — South Buffalo Lake, walleyes longer than 24 inches.

Minnehaha and McCook — North Island Lake, walleyes longer than 18 inches and smallmouth bass longer than 18 inches.

Minnehaha — Twin Lakes, walleyes of all lengths.

Pennington — New Wall Lake, crappies longer than 13 inches and largemouth bass longer than 16 inches.

Perkins — Coal Springs Reservoir, northern pike longer than 25 inches.

Potter — Lake Hurley, largemouth bass longer than 18 inches.

Tripp County — Lake Roosevelt, largemouth bass longer than 18 inches and northern pike longer than 24 inches.

The advisories and other information are on the state Department of Health website. 

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