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Name: South Lida

Nearest Town: Pelican Rapids
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 07/02/2012
Inventory Number: 56074702

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located in Maplewood State Park along the east 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): 775.37
Littoral Area (acres): 356
Maximum Depth (ft): 48
Water Clarity (ft): 6.0 (5.4-7)

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 0.17 0.3 - 2.8 1.35 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 0.08 0.6 - 9.5 0.13 0.5 - 0.8
Black Crappie Trap net 4.17 0.7 - 3.2 0.13 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 2.7 0.63 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 43.00 5.6 - 42.3 0.17 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.58 N/A 0.47 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.17 0.4 - 1.0 4.26 3.1 - 4.8
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.17 0.3 - 1.5 1.84 0.6 - 1.0
Green Sunfish Trap net 2.25 0.2 - 0.9 0.04 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 11.00 N/A 0.17 N/A
Gill net 0.25 N/A 0.54 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.92 0.3 - 1.1 0.51 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.08 0.3 - 1.2 2.44 0.5 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 2.33 N/A
Gill net 17.33 3.1 - 8.5 2.40 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.75 1.7 - 8.2 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.08 N/A 0.46 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.25 0.6 - 2.5 0.40 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.08 0.3 - 2.0 0.40 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.25 0.1 - 0.4 0.10 0.1 - 0.6
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.17 0.7 - 6.5 1.40 0.6 - 1.6
Walleye Trap net 0.42 0.2 - 0.7 0.18 0.9 - 2.9
Gill net 6.83 1.3 - 5.5 2.33 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Gill net 3.33 0.5 - 3.5 2.92 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 3.67 1.5 - 7.7 1.11 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 0.67 0.9 - 10.0 1.23 0.5 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 2.25 0.5 - 2.7 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 9.67 2.5 - 24.2 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 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 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
black crappie 40 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 52
bluegill 312 192 11 0 0 0 0 0 523
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 11 3 0 14
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
green sunfish 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27
hybrid sunfish 90 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 135
largemouth bass 2 7 0 1 2 0 0 0 12
northern pike 0 0 0 1 38 151 18 4 212
pumpkinseed 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
rock bass 3 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 16
smallmouth bass 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
walleye 0 18 1 1 40 22 5 0 87
white sucker 0 0 0 2 29 9 0 0 40
yellow bullhead 0 1 12 39 0 0 0 0 52
yellow perch 106 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 143


For the record, the largest Channel Catfish taken in Minnesota weighed 38 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, North Minneapolis
    When: 1975
    Statistics: 44" 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
SOUTH LIDA
Otter Tail Co., 56074702
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SOUTH LIDA
Otter Tail Co., 56074702
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

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 07/02/2012)

South Lida Lake is an 856-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in northwest Otter Tail County approximately five miles east of Pelican Rapids, MN. South Lida Lake is connected to North Lida Lake by a navigable culvert under State Highway 108 along the north shoreline of the lake. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of hardwood forest. The maximum depth is 48 feet; however, 42% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2012 lake survey was 7.0 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 4.5 to 9.3 feet. The south and west shorelines of South Lida Lake have been extensively developed with homes and cabins. A majority of the east shoreline is located within the boundaries of Maplewood State Park. A DNR owned public water access is located within the state park along the southeast shoreline and a private access is located along the north shoreline. A public swimming beach and campground are also located along the east shoreline in the state park. Large stands of hardstem bulrush and common cattail are scattered along the undeveloped sections of shoreline. Emergent aquatic plants such as bulrush and cattail 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. South Lida Lake can be ecologically classified as a walleye-centrarchid type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie, and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species. Walleyes ranged in length from 7.4 to 28.0 inches with an average length and weight of 18.1 inches and 2.3 pounds. Age data indicate that the 2011 year class is strong and should provide good walleye angling in the future. Walleyes attain an average length of 16.5 inches at five years of age. The general trend over recent surveys has been an increase in northern pike abundance. Age and length data indicate that pike reproduction is consistently good. Pike ranged in length from 17.5 to 34.6 inches with an average length and weight of 22.1 inches and 2.4 pounds. Pike attain an average length of 22.1 inches at four years of age. Data from a spring trapnetting assessment indicate that black crappies are abundant and have a good size distribution. Black crappies ranged in length from 6.1 to 13.0 inches with a mean length of 10.2 inches. Thirty-seven percent of the crappies were 11.0 inches or greater in length. Crappies attain an average length of 10.6 inches at five years of age. The bluegill population is very abundant and has a good size structure. Twenty-six percent of the bluegills were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills reach an average length of 7.9 inches at age-VI. Harvest regulations for walleye and black crappie have been implemented on South Lida Lake. The walleye regulation is a 17.0 to 26.0 inch protected slot limit with one 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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