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Name: North Lida

Nearest Town: Pelican Rapids
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 08/06/2012
Inventory Number: 56074701

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete A state owned public water access is located off of County Road 4 along the north shoreline of the lake.


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 5513.57
Littoral Area (acres): 2380
Maximum Depth (ft): 58
Water Clarity (ft): 7.4 (6-9.8)

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


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Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 2.6 1.62 0.5 - 0.9
Black Crappie Trap net 3.21 0.4 - 2.3 0.41 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.13 0.4 - 2.7 0.62 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 73.29 4.4 - 49.0 0.18 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 13.00 N/A 0.28 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.57 0.3 - 1.1 4.62 3.7 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.40 0.3 - 1.8 2.16 0.7 - 1.2
Freshwater Drum Trap net 0.14 0.3 - 2.4 9.15 1.1 - 3.9
Gill net 0.07 2.0 - 9.4 13.12 0.2 - 0.8
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 7.07 N/A 0.28 N/A
Gill net 1.13 N/A 0.40 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.64 0.3 - 1.3 0.36 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 0.73 0.3 - 1.4 1.28 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.64 N/A 2.55 N/A
Gill net 6.07 2.8 - 9.0 1.80 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.29 1.8 - 7.8 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.07 N/A 0.16 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 3.14 0.5 - 2.5 0.41 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 4.53 0.6 - 3.9 0.39 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.79 0.1 - 0.9 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 2.40 0.1 - 0.9 1.31 0.9 - 2.0
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.93 0.8 - 6.2 1.52 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Trap net 2.00 0.2 - 0.8 1.32 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 15.20 3.3 - 8.8 1.16 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 0.60 0.9 - 4.0 2.65 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.21 1.2 - 5.2 1.41 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 3.00 1.2 - 10.9 1.30 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.93 0.6 - 3.5 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.47 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 2012 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 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
black crappie 17 15 26 4 0 0 0 0 62
bluegill 554 655 6 0 0 0 0 0 1221
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 8
brown bullhead 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 6
freshwater drum 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3
hybrid sunfish 39 75 2 0 0 0 0 0 116
largemouth bass 2 15 9 6 2 0 0 0 34
northern pike 0 0 0 1 44 48 7 0 100
pumpkinseed 61 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 93
rock bass 25 67 20 0 0 0 0 0 112
smallmouth bass 4 14 6 12 11 0 0 0 47
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 8 6 0 0 0 14
walleye 0 94 26 13 105 16 2 0 256
white sucker 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 9
yellow bullhead 0 3 3 56 0 0 0 0 62
yellow perch 24 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 50


For the record, the largest Rainbow Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 17 lbs., 6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Knife River, Lake County
    When: 1/19/74
    Statistics: 36.9" length

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
NORTH LIDA
Otter Tail Co., 56074701
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead     All sizes   Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Rock Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Smallmouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
NORTH LIDA
Otter Tail Co., 56074701
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Carp All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Rock Bass All sizes        
Smallmouth Bass   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 08/06/2012)

North Lida Lake is a 5,564-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in northwestern Otter Tail County approximately five miles east of Pelican Rapids, MN. North Lida Lake is connected to South Lida Lake by a navigable culvert under State Highway 108 along the south shoreline. North Lida Lake is also connected to Lizzie Lake via a non-navigable culvert under County Road 4. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth is 58 feet; however, 43% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2012 lake survey was 6.5 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 6.0 to 9.5 feet. A majority of the shoreline on North Lida Lake has been developed. Homes, cottages, and resorts compose the development. A DNR owned concrete public water access is located off of County Road 4 along the north shoreline. Large stands of hardstem bulrush are scattered throughout the lake. Emergent aquatic plants such as bulrush provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and are critical for maintaining good water quality. They protect shorelines and lake bottoms, and can actually absorb and break down polluting chemicals. Emergent plants provide spawning areas for fish such as northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. They also serve as important nursery areas for all species of fish. Because of their ecological value, emergent plants may not be removed without a DNR permit. North Lida Lake is one of the best all-around angling lakes in Otter Tail County. Walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, black crappie, and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species. Data from recent lake surveys indicate that these species are abundant and have good size distributions as well. Walleye abundance is the highest recorded for this lake. Walleyes ranged in length from 7.2 to 24.6 inches with an average length and weight of 13.7 inches and 1.2 pounds. Age and catch data indicate that the 2011 year class is very strong and should provide consistently good walleye angling for several years. Walleyes attain an average length of 14.2 inches at four years of age. Pike abundance has remained at a moderate density and natural reproduction has continued to be consistently good. Pike ranged in length from 15.0 to 27.2 inches with an average length and weight of 20.4 inches and 1.8 pounds. Pike attain an average length of 21.8 inches at four years of age. Age and catch data indicate that a balanced smallmouth bass population exists. Smallmouth bass ranged in length from 5.8 to 18.1 inches with an average length and weight of 12.6 inches and 1.3 pounds. Age and length data indicate that reproduction is consistently good. Smallmouth bass attain an average length of 13.8 inches at five years of age. Data from a spring trapnetting assessment indicate that the black crappie population is very abundant and has a good size distribution. Crappies ranged in length from 2.2 to 13.0 inches with an average length of 10.3 inches. Forty-seven percent of the sample was 11.0 inches or greater in length. Crappies attain an average length of 11.4 inches at six years of age. Age and catch data indicate that the bluegill population is very abundant and that reproduction is consistently good. Twenty-nine percent of the bluegills were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 7.9 inches at seven years of age. The DNR and the Lida Lakes Association have been involved in several cooperative projects designed to improve and protect water quality and fish habitat. In 1998, a shoreline stabilization project was completed. Rock rip-rap was used to stabilize several areas of shoreline that were experiencing varying degrees of erosion. In 1997, 160 smallmouth bass nesting structures were constructed and placed in North Lida Lake. These structures help smallmouth bass reproduce more successfully. Harvest regulations for walleye and black crappie have been implemented on North Lida Lake. The walleye regulation is a 17.0 to 26.0 inch protected slot limit with one fish over 26.0 inches allowed in possession. The black crappie regulation is an 11-inch minimum length limit. The intent of these regulations is to improve the size structures of these populations. Anglers can also maintain the quality of angling by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages the release of medium to large size fish while allowing the harvest of more abundant smaller fish for table fare. Releasing the medium to large fish will ensure that the lake will have enough spawning age fish on an annual basis and will provide anglers with more opportunities to catch large fish in the future.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1509 1st Ave N
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: (218) 739-7576
Internet: Fergus Falls Fisheries
E-Mail: FergusFalls.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 B0221 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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