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Silver Lake News
The September 2018 MCLA meeting featured guest speakers Pete Tarnowski, Senior Planner Manitowoc County Planning & Zoning Department and Reed Gaedtke, Code Administrator.
Recent innovations and technology make it easier to catch more fish, an expert fisherman told area sportsmen last week. Tournament fisherman Clint Ward addressed a meeting of the Manitowoc County Lakes Association on Jan. 25, discussing everything from his favorite ice fishing equipment to how he beat his cousin using the latest technical advances.
Ward said the best lakes in the county for catching: bluegills are Carstens, Weyers, West and Bullhead; for crappie it’s Long, Shoe and English; for perch it’s English; and for northerns it’s Wilke, Hartlaub, Schisel, and Cedar. Additionally, Cedar, Silver, English and Pigeon lakes contain small populations of walleyes, he said.read full article
Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.
Location/Directions: U.S. Highway 151, Town of Manitowoc Rapids. Take Highway 151 West from Interstate 43 approximately 1 mile. Driveway to the South.
Accessibility: 44′ 4’23.87″N / 87′ 43′ 51.75″W
Surface Area: 73 acres
Shorelength: 2.3 mi
Depth: Max 43′, Mean 16′
Bottom: 0% sand, 15% gravel, 0% rock, 85% muck
Type of Lake: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.
Restrictions: Motors, except for electric motors, are restricted from the lake by Town ordinance. Read the Wisconsin handbook
Recreational Features: Silver Lake provides an excellent opportunity for families to fish from shore or by boat. The lake is home to large mouth bass, northern pike, perch and panfish. The wooded margins and the woodchip Kiranaqui trail along the creek offer the delights of hiking and bird watching, especially at the time of the spring and fall migration of warblers. The wayside park and boat launch ramp at Silver Lake have been developed on 12 acres of land leased to Manitowoc County by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Holy Family Convent. The park offers an excellent family picnic area, complete with a shelter, grills, tables and toilet building, as well as a new playground (2018). A new boat launch and pier were installed in 2017 for launching canoes, sailboats and rowboats.
ADA Accessibility/Parking: Not ADA accessible. The slope to the boarding dock exceeds the maximum allowable for ADA purposes.
Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
Manitowoc County Map and Photos: http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/county-parks/silver-lake/
Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:
Verified: Hybrid Eurasian / Northern Water-Milfoil (2010), Rusty Crayfish (no date given), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (2008).
Observed: Purple Loosestrife (2015)
- Fish present: Northern Pike (Common), Largemouth Bass (Present), Panfish (Common).
- Management: Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Panfish.
- View complete Silver Lake regulations at DNR
- Open All Year
- Panfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
- Catfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
- Open 5/5/2018-3/3/2019:
- Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 18″ Limit 1 total.
- Northern Pike: 32″ Limit 1.
- Walleye: 18″ Limit 3.
- Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.
- Familiarize yourself with Wisconsin fishing:
WDNR Hook & Line Guide
- Consumption Advisory: General Manitowoc County/Mercury. Click here.
DNR Fishing Survey Reports:
|DNR Fish Stocking Data|
|Year||Species||Strain||Age Class||Number Stocked||Average Length (inches)|
|2016||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||4,313||2.20|
|2015||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||6,798||2.92|
|2015||WALLEYE||LAKE MICHIGAN||SMALL FINGERLING||3,073||1.70|
|2013||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||6,780||2.91|
|2013||WALLEYE||MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS||SMALL FINGERLING||1,344||2.00|
|2012||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||3,400||3.00|
|2012||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||6,790||2.69|
|2011||WALLEYE||LAKE MICHIGAN||SMALL FINGERLING||1,494||1.90|
|DNR Species Summary (2015):
Number of fish caught during the 2015 spring electroshocking
Survey Date: 05-13-2015/Gear: Electrofishing
|species||Size range||Average Length||Number|
|Walleye||354 mm- 508 mm||439 mm||3|
|Bluegill||50 mm- 181 mm||130 mm||13|
|Largemouth Bass||389 mm||389 mm||1|
|Northern Pike||280 mm- 733 mm||19|
|Yellow Perch||120 mm- 200 mm||141|
|Brown Bullhead||187 mm||187 mm||1|
|Pumpkinseed Sunfish||99 mm- 111 mm||105 mm||2|
|Black Crappie||77 mm- 82 mm||80 mm||2|
|Green Sunfish||83 mm||83 mm||1|
|DNR Species Summary (2012):
Number of fish caught during the 2012 spring electroshocking
Survey Date: 05-07-2012/Gear: Electrofishing
There’s a fair population of northern pike in Silver Lake, and if you’re willing to work and do some sorting, you can catch some that are pretty respectable. The lake’s northern lobe has some good weed edges to cast to with crankbaits or live bait. You can also try around the islands. As is the case with northerns, you’ll have to work to find a large crappie, but fish up to 11 inches or so have been sampled in the past. Fish the edges of the deep holes with minnows or jig-and-minnow combinations. You can also take an occasional brown or brook trout in Silver Creek off the lake’s north end.
—Kiel Bait & Gun, 1148 6th St., Kiel, WI 53042, (920) 894-3836
- 5-Year Average Trophic State: 59/Eutrophic (Source: Wisconsin DNR)
- Secchi Disk (2018): Average summer reading = 1.5 ft. SE Georegion average = 6.9 ft. Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as MURKY and GREEN. This suggests that the secchi depth may be mostly impacted by algae. Algal blooms are generally considered to decrease the aesthetic appeal of a lake because people prefer clearer water to swim in and look at. Algae are always present in a balanced lake ecosystem. They are the photosynthetic basis of the food web. Algae are eaten by zooplankton, which are in turn eaten by fish.
- Chemistry (2018): The average summer Chlorophyll was 66.1 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 31.6 µg/l). The summer total Phosphorus average was 87.3 µg/l. Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l and impoundments that have more than 30 µg/l of total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
- Trophic State Index (TSI) (2018): 66/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
Eutrophic lakes are high in nutrients and contain large populations of plants, algae, and fish, which often grow to nuisance levels, and the fish species are generally tolerant of warm temperatures and low oxygen conditions. Phosphorus can fuel algae blooms. This TSI usually suggests blue-green algae become dominant and algal scums are possible, extensive plant overgrowth problems possible.
Based on Wisconsin DNR data from volunteer readings taken on 7 different days in May-August 2018.