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SD anglers asked to turn in heads of tagged salmon

outdoors Mitchell,South Dakota 57301
The Daily Republic
SD anglers asked to turn in heads of tagged salmon
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) — State fishing officials are asking anglers to turn in heads of tagged Chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe and the Oahe Tailwaters to help with research.

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is evaluating how stocking salmon at different locations might improve survival and catches.

GF&P Fisheries Biologist Robert Hanten says thousands of specially-tagged Chinook salmon have been stocked in Lake Oahe and implanted with small, coded-wire tags. Although the millimeter-long, hair-thin tags cannot be seen by anglers, tagged fish can be identified by the absence of a tiny fin on their back.

Hanten says the reporting of tagged salmon is a crucial part of the department's research.

Ten anglers could earn $100 for their assistance.

Associated Press