Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Wildlife Management


An understanding of the fishes and limnology of a river is essential to the effective management of the river. The climate, soils, and agricultural practices in eastern South Dakota create unusual characteristics in rivers draining that area. One of the principal rivers of the area is the Big Sioux River. Fishes of this river were first studied about 1900 by Meek and by Everman and Cox (Bailey and Allum, 1962). A later survey by Churchill and Over (1933) apparently included the Big Sioux River, but collection data were inadequate for detailed comparisons. Since that time collections of fishes were made on the river by the Iowa Conservation Commission (Harlan and Speaker, 1956). The most recent collections of fishes were made by Bailey and Allum (op. cit.) who had only three sampling stations, the southernmost being at the south edge of Brookings, County. In 1966 this study was undertaken to survey the fishes and water quality of the river to provide a basis for estimating its recreational potential. Some problems of sampling fish populations in such a river and of interpreting the data obtained were also studied.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Freshwater fishes -- South Dakota
Big Sioux River (S.D.)



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South Dakota State University


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