- Associated Press - Sunday, May 21, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department plans to conduct a study of walleye in Lake Sharpe.

The purpose of the study will be to get a better idea of how much the lake’s walleyes move and how big of an impact anglers have on them, The Pierre Capitol Journal (http://bit.ly/2qGe9VY) reported. The agency aims to tag about 4,000 Lake Sharpe walleye over the next four years.

Senior fisheries biologist Mark Fincel says the study is important because the fishing pressure in the upper end of Lake Sharpe is a lot higher than in the lower end.

“We want to know how much movement between the upper and lower ends there is,” Fincel said.

There is concern that anglers are having a bigger impact on the lake due to the lake’s smaller size compared with Lake Oahe.

“We always thought that even though we’d have low production, there would be fish that moved south,” Fincel said.

A similar was conducted at Lake Oahe in 2013. Results from the study have shaken up assumptions about the lake’s walleye fishery such as the end of Lake Oahe acting as a nursery and breeding area for the fish.

Anglers are being encouraged to report tagged fish. Five percent of the fish will have a reward tags that offer $100 payouts for those who turn the fish in to the department.

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Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com

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