SD river study puts monetary reward tags on catfish

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JAMES RIVER — Splashed and speckled in mud, Dave Lucchesi jumped into action.

He quickly stepped over the slow-moving James River, from one boat into another, to take control of...

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist Dave Lucchesi tosses a flathead catfish into the livewell after catching it out of a hoop net along the James River northeast of Yankton last week. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist BJ Schall, right, drives the electrofishing boat with interns Dylan Herr and Landon Giles as fisheries biologist Dave Lucchesi and resource biologist Keith Schwartz, left, follow behind in their trail boat ready to net any catfish the come up behind the electrofishing boat while working the James River south of Olivet back in May. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist BJ Schall tags a flathead before releasing it back into the James River south of Olivet back in May. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist BJ Schall, right, works with interns Dylan Herr, left, and Landon Giles to work up a catfish to get its measure and tag it before releasing it back into the James River south of Olivet back in May. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks resource biologist Keith Schwartz tosses a channel catfish into the livewell after netting while trailing the electrofishing boat along the James River south of Olivet back in May. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks resource biologist Keith Schwartz places a hoop net into the James River baited with cheese trying to catch catfish for their tagging study along the James River south of Olivet back in May. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks resource biologist Nate Loecker, right, keeps notes on the number of catfish caught in which size hoop nets and utilizing which baits while fisheries biologist Dave Lucchesi, top, and intern Dylan Herr, right, clean up the hoop nets after clearing the fish from the nets while working the James River north of Yankton last week. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department is tagging channel and flathead catfish along the James River as part of a study their conducting to learn more about the fish numbers and behaviours. People who catch the tagged catfish can claim a $10 reward tag by sending in the tag or posting a photo of the tag to the Sioux Falls GF&P location. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist Dave Lucchesi, left, tosses a flathead catfish into his tank after catching it out of a hoop net while working the James River with fellow resource biologist Nate Loecker, right, and intern Dylan Herr to catch catfish along the James River northeast of Yankton last week. Matt Gade / Forum News Service
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks intern Dylan Herr, right, dumps a flathead in the livewell while fellow Landon Giles continues to search for catfish while working an electrofishing boat driven by fisheries biologist BJ Schall on the James River south of Olivet back in May. Matt Gade / Forum News Service

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