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Name: ROY

Nearest Town: Nisswa
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/11/2001
Inventory Number: 18-0398-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete Access at channel narrows on the north end of Gull Lake off of Co.Rd. 77.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 271.00
Littoral Area (acres): 129.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 26.00
Water Clarity (ft): 17.00

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


Did you know? Lake rehabilitation projects reclaim waters suffering from habitat degradation and overpopulation of some fish species.

Fish Sampled up to the 2001 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.6 0.8 - 7.7 0.44 0.4 - 0.8
  Trap net 0.4 0.3 - 3.2 0.41 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Gill net 3.6 0.6 - 3.5 0.21 0.2 - 0.5
  Trap net 0.3 0.7 - 3.4 0.29 0.2 - 0.6
Bluegill Gill net 5.0 N/A - N/A 0.06 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 73.8 6.1 - 46.6 0.13 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Trap net 1.3 0.4 - 1.3 4.81 2.9 - 4.9
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.4 0.5 - 2.5 0.63 0.6 - 1.0
  Trap net 1.6 0.4 - 2.1 0.70 0.6 - 1.1
Common Carp Trap net 0.1 0.2 - 0.6 11.90 3.0 - 7.9
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.1 0.1 - 0.5 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 0.2 N/A - N/A 0.44 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 2.0 N/A - N/A 0.26 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.3 0.3 - 1.3 1.14 0.2 - 0.7
Northern Pike Gill net 12.6 3.5 - 10.5 2.61 1.6 - 2.9
  Trap net 0.7 N/A - N/A 3.25 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 0.2 N/A - N/A 0.04 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 6.1 2.0 - 8.5 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Gill net 0.6 0.3 - 1.9 0.46 0.2 - 0.5
  Trap net 1.7 0.5 - 1.8 0.25 0.2 - 0.5
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.6 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Walleye Gill net 0.4 1.3 - 5.0 2.59 1.3 - 2.5
White Sucker Gill net 1.2 0.5 - 2.7 0.99 1.8 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 1.2 1.0 - 10.5 0.68 0.4 - 0.8
  Trap net 12.8 1.3 - 9.8 0.55 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 11.6 3.4 - 43.6 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 0.3 0.5 - 3.3 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2001 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 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 7
Black Crappie 0 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 21
Bluegill 186 94 0 0 0 0 0 0 280
Brown Bullhead 1 3 7 4 1 0 0 0 16
Hybrid Sunfish 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Largemouth Bass 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Northern Pike 0 0 1 2 18 33 11 4 69
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 46 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 56
Rock Bass 7 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 18
Walleye 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Yellow Bullhead 0 24 92 5 0 0 0 0 121
Yellow Perch 37 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 61


For the record, the largest Northern Pike (Silver Phase) taken in Minnesota weighed 18 lbs., 14 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Disappointment Lake, Lake County
    When: 6/28/78
    Statistics: 42" length, 19" 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 06/11/2001)

Roy Lake is part of the Gull Lake Chain and is located about one mile west of Nisswa. Public access is via navigable channels from either Nisswa Lake, upstream, or Spider Lake, downstream in the chain. The lake is 271 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 25 feet. About 41% of the lake is less than 15 feet deep. It is a hardwater lake with moderate phosphorous fertility. Water clarity is typical for area lakes. Shallow water soils are predominantly sand and gravel, with significant amounts of muck and silt in marshy areas. The aquatic plant community is fairly diverse. Emergent species like bulrushes are important because they help control shore erosion caused by wave action, help control nutrients and improve the quality of spawning habitat for bass and panfish species. Submergent species are important because they provide vital food and cover for a wide variety of aquatic species.

Northern pike was the most abundant gamefish in the 2001 netting. The catch was in the high category when compared to similar type lakes but was similar to the catches in 1991 and 1996. Seven age classes were sampled. Growth was average. The strongest year class was 1996, at 46% of the total catch. Pike size averaged 22 inches and 2.6 pounds, similar to past nettings.

Walleye were sampled in low numbers when compared to simlar type lakes but the 2001 catch was typical for this lake. Largemouth bass were also caught in low, but typical, numbers in 2001. Young bass were sampled by shoreline seine and appeared to have satisfactory growth.

Black crappie were netted in low numbers in 2001 and had average growth rates. They were taken in average numbers in 1996 and in high numbers in earlier nettings. Bluegill catches have historically been high. In 2001, eight year classes were sampled and growth was slow. About 4% of measured bluegills were at least 7 inches long. This compares with 6% in 1996 and 9% in 1991.

Yellow perch, white sucker and tullibee are generally important food sources for gamefish. The perch catch was in the average category. Only two year classes were sampled and growth was good. White suckers were taken in average numbers, as well. Tullibees were not sampled in 2001 but were present in average numbers in past nettings.


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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