- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) - The Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station near Gettysburg has opened for the season, but officials say gathering enough adult salmon for egg collection could be challenging due to the long-term effects of the 2011 flood.

Robert Hanten is a fisheries biologist with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. Hanten says juvenile salmon stocked the year after the flood likely experienced low survival rates because of predators and low prey abundance.

Hanten says the low number of adult female salmon this fall will complicate egg collection efforts. He adds crews will be electrofishing on Lake Oahe’s embayments trying to capture more adult salmon for spawning.

Most of the salmon caught this summer were 10 pounds or heavier and were in great condition.


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