- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station for the 2015 season.

GF&P; fisheries biologist Robert Hanten, says the state is still in the rebuilding stages of the salmon population following the 2011 flood. Juvenile salmon stocked in the years following the flood likely experienced low survival due to high predator numbers and low prey abundance.

Hanten says the below-average number of adult female salmon will make collection efforts challenging this fall. The majority of the salmon caught this summer were 10- to 20-pound fish in great condition. Larger females contain more eggs, meaning the egg-take goal could be met with fewer fish.

Fisheries crews will be electrofishing on Lake Oahe in an attempt to capture additional adult salmon for spawning.

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