A fish consumption advisory has been issued for three area lakes.
The advisory followed an annual fish collection and sampling program conducted by the South Dakota Department of Health in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and state Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
New advisories are for:
- Horseshoe Lake in Day County for walleye 18 inches or longer.
- Cottonwood Lake in Spink County for walleye 21 inches or longer.
- Reid Lake in Clark County for northern pike 32 inches or longer.
“Our commitment to public health and safety drives the annual fish sampling program,” said Department of Health Secretary, Melissa Magstadt in a news release. “The collaboration between the DOH, DANR and GFP ensures that South Dakotans have the most up-to-date information regarding fish consumption advisories.”
Advisories are based on mercury concentrations found in fish samples taken from the lakes. Mercury levels are mostly from atmospheric deposits from sources outside of South Dakota, according to the release.
A complete list of fish consumption advisories in South Dakota can be found on the Department of Health website. It includes Elm Lake in Brown County for walleye that are 25 inches or larger.