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Social and Economic Impact of Fishing in Selected Small Lakes and Impoundments in Soth Dakota


July 2015 - August 2019


South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks expressed a need for information to estimate the economic impact of fishing in selected small lakes and impoundments. Over time many of these lakes will require very expensive habitat renovation projects to improve or maintain quality recreational services. Economic information of the value of fishing can help inform decisions regarding expensive habitat renovation projects. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks selected 7 small lakes/dams in 3 different locations for the study. We collected angler use and expenditures used to estimate fishing pressure and total expenditures for each lake and type of fishing (shore, boat, and Ice fishing). This information is used to inform cost-benefit decisions on various types of small lakes/dams in South Dakota.

Research Products and Activities


  • Sundmark, A., and L.M. Gigliotti. Social and economic importance of selected South Dakota fishing impoundments: Progress update. Game, Fish and Parks Summer Fisheries Meeting, Mobridge, SD, 19 July 2016.
  • Sundmark, A. and L.M. Gigliotti. 2017. Economic impacts of angling: A survey of small South Dakota lakes. Presented at the 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Tampa, FL. (August 23rd).
  • Sundmark, A. P., and Gigliotti, L. M. 2017. Economic impacts of angling: A survey of small South Dakota lakes. Progress update presented at the USGS South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Coordinating Meeting. October 24. Brookings, SD.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 242

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1951

Presentations: 4266



Funding Agencies

  • S.D. Game, Fish and Parks


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey