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SD anglers asked to turn in heads of tagged salmon

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.