According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort can now submit proposals.

"Spring Creek Recreation Area is a popular destination for anglers, boaters and families,” said Katie Ceroll, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation in a release from GF&P. “The area provides excellent access to recreational opportunities on Lake Oahe from fishing and boating in the summer to ice fishing in the winter.”

The prospectus for the operation of Spring Creek Resort is available online at https://gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/spring-creek-recreation-area/ or by calling 605-773-3391.

The prospectus describes the terms and conditions under which interested operators may submit proposals. It also includes details about the business opportunity, the requirements necessary to submit a proposal and a draft concession agreement. Required services include cabin and lodge room rental, seasonal marina slips, restaurant, retail goods, courtesy docks and on-the-water boat fuel.

Proposals are due Sept. 21, 2018.

The resort is located at Spring Creek Recreation Area, 15 miles north of Pierre.

Fish Kill on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes; Pit Available for Homeowners to Discard Dead Fish

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has received several reports of dead fish from lake shore home owners, anglers and boaters on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes near Watertown.

The fish kill is specific to common carp as no other species has been impacted. The kill is likely caused by warm water temperatures and carp spawning activities which in association have weakened their immune systems to the point that otherwise normal environmental conditions have become lethal.

“At this point GFP has not been able to determine a specific cause,” said GFP regional fisheries supervisor, Mark Ermer in a release. “We do not anticipate this situation impacting any other fish species at this time and do not suspect any sort of lake-wide water quality issues associated with this fish kill. We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.”

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The GFP has dug a pit for fish disposal on the Pelican Lake Game Production Area located on the southeast end of Pelican Lake at the western terminus of 20th Ave. SW. Lakeshore residents are welcome to utilize the pit for disposal of fish carcasses while this fish kill event is occurring.

Record Number of Fingerlings Stocked from Blue Dog State Hatchery

According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, consistent warm weather led to the high survival of newly-hatched fish at Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery near Waubay.

The successful hatch led to the stocking of over 4.25 million, 1-to-2-inch fingerlings. The previous high for fingerling production was 3.3 million in the 1990s.

Nearly 40 lakes throughout South Dakota received walleye, saugeye or yellow perch fingerlings.

Lower Lake Oahe received over 2.1 million walleye fingerlings.

“The Lake Oahe fingerlings were marked, so they can be distinguished from naturally produced fish,” said hatchery manager Jerry Broughton. “This is part of a study to determine if stocking will contribute to the fishery in the future.”

Small fingerlings are used to supplement natural production, maintain fish populations or introduce a species to a new water.

Anglers should experience the benefits of the stockings in about three years.

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