Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Roy

Nearest Town: Nisswa
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/10/2013
Inventory Number: 18039800

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 301.71
Littoral Area (acres): 129
Maximum Depth (ft): 26
Water Clarity (ft): 12

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 41 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 13.9 (5-17)


Did you know? The annual budget for the Section of Fisheries is approximately $17 million, which is funded primarily by fishing license and stamp fees and by a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

Fish Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 2.33 0.7 - 3.4 0.39 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 0.50 0.6 - 3.5 0.15 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 14.56 6.1 - 46.6 0.28 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.56 0.4 - 1.3 5.07 2.9 - 4.9
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 2.1 0.79 0.6 - 1.1
Gill net 0.33 0.5 - 2.5 0.97 0.6 - 1.0
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 2.3 0.23 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 3.11 N/A 0.47 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.3 0.42 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.7 1.92 0.6 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.22 N/A 6.34 N/A
Gill net 12.17 3.5 - 10.5 1.53 1.6 - 2.9
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.22 2.0 - 8.5 0.23 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Trap net 2.22 0.5 - 1.8 0.68 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.9 0.71 0.2 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.67 0.5 - 4.8 1.61 0.7 - 1.9
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 0.7 7.37 1.1 - 3.4
White Sucker Gill net 0.83 0.5 - 2.7 2.16 1.8 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.78 1.3 - 9.8 0.90 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 2.33 1.0 - 10.5 0.92 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.5 - 3.3 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.00 3.4 - 43.6 0.09 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 2013 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 crappie 2 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 24
bluegill 9 118 0 0 0 0 0 0 131
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 5
brown bullhead 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
green sunfish 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 0 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
largemouth bass 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 0 0 56 12 6 1 75
pumpkinseed 7 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
rock bass 0 6 16 0 0 0 0 0 22
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4
walleye 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
white sucker 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 0 20 10 0 0 0 0 30
yellow perch 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7


For the record, the largest Yellow Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 10.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Osakis Lake, Todd County
    When: 8/5/02
    Statistics: 17 7/8" length, 11 3/4" girth

Fish Consumption Guidelines

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/10/2013)

Due to its difficultly to access, low numbers of walleye, and small northern pike, fishing on Roy Lake is not as popular as on other waters. Only one walleye was caught in the 2013 survey and northern pike had an average length of 19.1", with only 7% measuring 24" or larger. However, some decent panfishing opportunities exist if you navigate there through the channels from Gull.

While neither species had many large fish, both black crappie and bluegill had average net catches and plenty large enough to keep. Black crappie were caught at the rate of 2.3/net and the average size was 8.9", with 90% of the fish measuring 8" or larger. The largest was 10.8". Bluegill numbers were the lowest to date at 14.6/net, but still average for this type of lake. Average length was 7" and 51% were 7" or larger.

Roy Lake is designated as AIS (aquatic invasive species) infested waters because of zebra mussels in Gull Lake. Lake users should inspect and remove any aquatic plants and animals from their watercraft and trailers as well as pull the plug and drain all water from the watercraft, including bilges, livewells and baitwells.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 828-2550
Internet: Brainerd Fisheries
E-Mail: Brainerd.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 C0167 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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