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Bluegill Tagged in Enemy Swim Lake

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently tagged 1,000 bluegills in Enemy Swim Lake in northeastern South Dakota. Anglers who catch a tagged bluegill are asked to report the tag number to GFP.

A portion of the tags are pink and have “REWARD” printed on them. Those tags are worth $100.

“Anglers catching a tagged bluegill do not have to harvest the fish or remove the tag; however, physical proof is needed for a reward tag to be paid,” said fisheries biologist Brian Blackwell. “A picture of the tag showing the tag number can be included with the online tag reporting form, or it can be presented to the Webster GFP office.”

The reward tags will only be paid once.

The tagging is part of a project to gain information concerning bluegill abundance, mortality rates, and angler harvest in select lakes in northeast South Dakota. The information gained will be used to help evaluate the current regulations.

Additional information concerning the bluegill research in northeast South Dakota can be found at https://gfp.sd.gov/pages/bluegill-research.