Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: LIZZIE

Nearest Town: PELICAN RAPIDS, MN
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 08/30/2004
Inventory Number: 56-0760-00
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete A STATE OWNED PUBLIC ACCESS IS LOCATED ONE MILE EAST OFF OF STATE HIGHWAY 59, ALONG THE WEST SHORELINE OF THE LAKE.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 4,035.00
Littoral Area (acres): 3,013.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 66.00
Water Clarity (ft): 11.20

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


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 up to the 2004 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Gill net trace N/A - N/A 18.74 N/A - N/A
Black Bullhead Gill net trace 0.5 - 4.1 0.81 0.6 - 1.0
  Trap net trace 0.3 - 2.1 1.02 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Gill net 0.1 0.2 - 1.1 0.70 0.2 - 0.5
  Trap net 0.4 0.3 - 1.7 0.65 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Gill net 5.7 N/A - N/A 0.13 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 31.7 3.7 - 42.9 0.25 0.1 - 0.2
Bowfin (Dogfish) Gill net trace 0.1 - 0.2 4.82 3.0 - 5.2
  Trap net 1.4 0.3 - 1.1 4.17 3.9 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Gill net 1.1 0.3 - 1.6 1.17 0.7 - 1.2
  Trap net 0.7 0.3 - 1.7 0.99 0.7 - 1.1
Freshwater Drum Gill net trace 0.3 - 0.6 6.61 0.2 - 0.9
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 1.2 N/A - N/A 0.23 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 1.1 N/A - N/A 0.34 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.9 0.3 - 1.2 0.54 0.6 - 1.0
  Trap net 0.4 0.4 - 1.4 0.96 0.3 - 0.7
Northern Pike Gill net 7.0 3.0 - 7.9 1.32 1.7 - 2.8
  Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 1.73 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 2.7 N/A - N/A 0.15 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 1.4 1.6 - 6.9 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Painted Turtle Trap net 2.6 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 2.3 1.0 - 6.6 0.37 0.3 - 0.5
  Trap net 1.2 0.7 - 3.3 0.36 0.2 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.7 0.2 - 0.9 1.76 0.9 - 1.8
  Trap net 0.1 0.1 - 0.6 0.20 0.1 - 0.6
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 0.7 0.5 - 5.2 1.85 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Gill net 6.3 4.0 - 9.6 1.64 1.1 - 1.9
  Trap net 0.2 0.3 - 0.9 1.45 1.0 - 2.2
White Sucker Gill net 2.0 1.0 - 3.5 2.50 1.5 - 2.3
  Trap net 0.2 0.2 - 0.8 3.51 1.4 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 8.5 0.6 - 6.4 0.85 0.6 - 0.9
  Trap net 1.9 0.9 - 4.8 0.89 0.7 - 1.0
Yellow Perch Gill net 1.4 7.1 - 33.9 0.09 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 2004 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 2 0 0 0 0 2
Black Crappie 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7
Bluegill 126 252 3 0 0 0 0 0 381
Brown Bullhead 0 0 4 21 1 0 0 0 26
Hybrid Sunfish 9 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 34
Largemouth Bass 0 4 14 1 0 0 0 0 19
Northern Pike 0 0 4 18 57 24 5 2 110
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 32 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 60
Rock Bass 12 28 11 0 0 0 0 0 51
Smallmouth Bass 0 2 3 3 5 0 0 0 13
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 10
Walleye 0 0 9 25 46 16 1 0 97
Yellow Bullhead 0 2 100 53 0 0 0 0 155
Yellow Perch 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 14


For the record, the largest Shovelnose Sturgeon taken in Minnesota weighed 5 lbs., 9 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Red Wing, Goodhue County
    When: 6/4/07
    Statistics: 36" length, 11 7/8" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2010 Walleye fry 2,500,004 20.2
2008 Walleye fry 2,500,000 22.7
2006 Walleye fry 2,500,000 20.0
2004 Walleye fry 2,500,000 20.2

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

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
LIZZIE
Otter Tail Co., 56076000
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie     All sizes   Mercury
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Smallmouth Bass   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
LIZZIE
Otter Tail Co., 56076000
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Smallmouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
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 08/30/2004)

Lizzie Lake is a 4,035-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in northwestern Otter Tail County approximately six miles northeast of Pelican Rapids, MN. Lizzie Lake is located within the Otter Tail River Watershed. Lizzie Lake is connected to Pelican Lake and Prairie Lake via the Pelican River. The Pelican River inlet is located along the northwest shoreline of the lake while the outlet is located along the southwest shoreline. Lizzie Lake is also connected to North Lida Lake by an unnavigable culvert under County Road 4. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth of Lizzie Lake is 66 feet; however, 75% of the lake is less than 15 feet in depth. The secchi disk reading at the time of the survey was 11.2 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 6.5 to 11.5 feet. Lizzie Lake is included in class 27 of the Minnesota DNR lake classification scheme. A majority of the north and west shorelines on Lizzie Lake has been developed. Homes, cottages, and resorts compose the majority of the development. The 1992 lake survey report referenced 289 homes/cottages and one resort. A public water access is located along the west shoreline of the lake. Shoreline development is limited in the southern portion of the lake. Hardstem bulrush and common cattail are prevalent throughout this section of the lake. Large stands of hardstem bulrush are also scattered along various shorelines of the northern portion of the lake and around several midlake islands. Emergent aquatic plants such as bulrush and common 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 an important nursery area for all species of fish. Because of their ecological value, emergent plants may not be removed without a DNR permit. Lizzie Lake is a popular angling lake during both the open water and ice fishing seasons. The lake is best known for its excellent bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleye fishing. Data from recent lake surveys indicate these species are abundant and have good size distributions. The bluegill test-net catch rate in the recent series of surveys has consistently remained within the normal range for class 27 lakes. Forty-eight percent of the bluegills were at least 7.0 inches in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 6.8 inches at six years of age. The test-net catch rate for northern pike has also consistently remained within the normal range. Age data indicate that pike reproduction is consistently good. Northern pike ranged in length from 10.0 to 30.9 inches with an average length and weight of 18.3 inches and 1.3 pounds. Pike attain an average length of 22.1 inches at five years of age. Summer test-net indices are not reliable indicators of largemouth bass and black crappie abundance; however, angler reports for these species have been positive. The walleye test net catch rate has remained very stable over the recent series of lake surveys and is within the normal range for class 27 lakes. The 2002 year class of walleye appears to be strong and should provide consistently good fishing for several years. Walleye ranged in length from 11.2 to 26.0 inches with an average length and weight of 16.7 inches and 1.6 pounds. Walleye attain an average length of 13.6 inches at four years of age. The DNR stocks 2.5 million walleye fry into Lizzie Lake on a biennial basis. This stocking supplements a limited amount of walleye natural reproduction. The DNR does not stock any fish species other than walleye. The other species present are able to sustain their levels at or above management goals without stocking. This is an indication of the quality of fish habitat that is available. To maintain the excellent fishing this lake presently has to offer, it is imperative to preserve the quality of the fish habitat. In 1999, the DNR constructed and placed smallmouth bass spawning structures in Lizzie Lake to increase the available spawning habitat for this specie. Anglers can also maintain the quality of fishing in Lizzie Lake 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 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. Lizzie Lake is also a popular waterfowl hunting lake. Many hunters pursue ducks and geese in the southern portion of the lake.


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 B0222 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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