Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Floyd

Nearest Town: Detroit Lakes
Primary County: Becker
Survey Date: 07/25/2011
Inventory Number: 03038700
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete Southeast shore of lake in section 15.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1177.84
Littoral Area (acres): 861
Maximum Depth (ft): 34
Water Clarity (ft): 7.8 (4-11)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A


Did you know? The DNR Section of Fisheries has a full-time staff of 285. There are 4 regional and 28 area fisheries offices.

Fish Sampled for the 2011 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.44 0.6 - 6.8 0.72 0.5 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 0.58 0.4 - 2.3 0.27 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.44 0.4 - 2.7 0.49 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 23.58 4.4 - 49.0 0.22 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 11.78 N/A 0.20 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.1 4.47 3.7 - 5.1
Gill net 0.56 0.1 - 0.4 5.12 3.1 - 4.6
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.6 1.43 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 4.44 0.3 - 1.8 1.49 0.7 - 1.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.92 N/A 0.35 N/A
Gill net 3.11 N/A 0.38 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.50 0.3 - 1.3 0.69 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 2.89 0.3 - 1.4 1.06 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.83 N/A 1.10 N/A
Gill net 11.67 2.8 - 9.0 1.80 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.50 1.8 - 7.8 0.30 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 10.33 N/A 0.24 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.08 0.5 - 2.5 0.55 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.11 0.8 - 6.2 1.30 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Trap net 0.25 0.2 - 0.8 3.90 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 3.89 3.3 - 8.8 2.64 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 2.67 0.9 - 4.0 3.07 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.17 1.2 - 5.2 0.75 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 23.78 1.2 - 10.9 0.70 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.42 0.6 - 3.5 0.07 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.78 7.0 - 46.3 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2011 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
black bullhead 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
black crappie 4 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 11
bluegill 158 224 1 0 0 0 0 0 389
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 9
brown bullhead 0 3 3 32 3 0 0 0 41
hybrid sunfish 10 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 63
largemouth bass 0 4 14 12 2 0 0 0 32
northern pike 0 0 7 15 34 47 8 4 115
pumpkinseed 25 86 0 0 0 0 0 0 111
rock bass 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 4 4 14 11 5 0 38
white sucker 0 0 0 0 17 7 0 0 24
yellow bullhead 4 42 148 46 0 0 0 0 240
yellow perch 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 12


For the record, the largest Burbot taken in Minnesota weighed 19 lbs., 3 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake of the Woods near Baudette
    When: Lake of the Woods County
    Statistics: 36.25" length, 22.75" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 32,162 907.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 43,232 1,899.0
2009 Walleye* fingerlings 7,334 517.0
  Walleye fingerlings 16,279 1,205.0
2007 Walleye fingerlings 26,306 1,802.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 30,064 1,230.0

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
FLOYD
Becker Co., 03038700
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
FLOYD
Becker Co., 03038700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 07/25/2011)

Floyd is a 1,178 acre lake with a heavily developed shoreline located just north of the city of Detroit Lakes. The lake experienced a 64% increase in home construction between 1955 (191 homes) and 2001 (314 homes). It has a relatively diverse fish community including cold water species like tullibee and is popular for angling and other water recreation. As an example of other water recreation, a water skiing group has set up a permitted slalom course in the eastern portion of Mud Lake (aka North Floyd, Middle Floyd, the north basin) annually for several years.

A special regulation for northern pike was in effect on Floyd (including the north basin) Lake since 2003. This regulation required anglers to immediately release all pike between 24 and 36 inches in length. The goal was to provide more "quality" pike. Legislative action in 2011 required a statewide reduction in the number of lakes with special pike regulations from approximately 120 to 100 or less. In the Detroit Lakes area, pike regulations in two lakes were subsequently dropped to comply with the legislative mandate. Floyd (but not Little Floyd) was one of the lakes dropped. In 2011, six area lakes were eight years into their regulation evaluations and it appeared that Floyd and Cotton lakes had the least chance of reaching their goals. Thus, the pike regulation was discontinued in these two lakes.

At 3.9 walleyes per gill net, catches were not significantly different from those during the 1990's even though stocking rates were doubled in 1998 from 1.0 pounds to 2.0 pounds of fingerlings per littoral acre, biennially. Floyd's walleye net catches have remained very stable under a variety of stocking schemes. Future investigations will help determine if the current stocking plan will add to walleye catches. Walleyes sampled in 2011 averaged 2.6 pounds each. Natural reproduction of walleyes is not a factor in Floyd Lake and some kind of stocking is necessary to sustain a walleye fishery.

Trap net catches of bluegill declined in 2011, but not significantly. As in many area lakes, the portion of bluegills over eight inches in length is smaller than it was before the 1980's. However, these larger bluegills can still be found in Floyd Lake. It takes approximately eight years to grow an eight-inch bluegill in Floyd Lake. Bluegill growth rates were never considered fast in Floyd Lake, but it is likely that fishing pressure has increased. In other words, more of the larger bluegills are harvested as soon as they reach "keeper" sizes than in the past.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
14583 Cty Hwy 19
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-7121
Phone: (218) 846-8340
Internet: Detroit Lakes Fisheries
E-Mail: DetroitLakes.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use C0016 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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