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    RSVP for the Oct 18 Annual Banquet

    a sparkly glitter background with a a banner saying annual banquet Manitowoc County Lakes Association Annual Banquet

     

    Friday, October 18th, 2019

    Location:  Meats Opera Haus, St, Nazianz

    Time:  Cocktails (cash bar) and social hour from 6 to 7 PM

    Dinner:  Family style dinner at 7 PM with program to follow

    Speaker:  George Meyer, former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
    and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF)

    Door prizes and 50/50 raffle

     


    Cost:  $20 per person at the door includes desert and gratuity

    Reservations:  email reservations to Jerry Corfman at corfmanpj@yahoo.com

    Organized and hosted by the Wilke Lake Advancement Association in coordination with MCLA

     

     

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Silver Lake, 2018
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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.  


MCLA Lake Director: Jaret Paltzer

Directions: U.S. Highway 151, Town of Manitowoc Rapids. Take Highway 151 West from Interstate 43 approximately 1 mile. Driveway to the South.


About Silver Lake

Lake Health

Recreation

  • Features: 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. No lighting, no potable water. Great 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. Developed on 12 acres of land leased to Manitowoc County by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Holy Family Convent.
  • Boat Ramp: New ramp in 2017, 8% slope, 3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
  • Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
  • ADA Accessibility Features: No. Not ADA accessible. The slope to the boarding dock exceeds the maximum allowable for ADA purposes.
  • Restrictions: Electric motors only by Newton town ordinance.
    Wisconsin boating handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/county-parks/silver-lake/

Statistics

  • Surface Area: 73 acres
  • Depth: Max 43′, Mean 16′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 15% gravel, 0% rock, 85% muck
  • Shorelength: 2.3 mi
  • 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.
  • Lat/Long: 44′ 4’23.87″N / 87′ 43′ 51.75″W

 


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


Fishing

Regulations

  • Fish present: Northern pike, walleye, and bluegill common. Small perch present.
  • View Silver Lake fishing regulations on DNR website
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
    • Catfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/4/2019-3/1/2020:
    • 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.

Stocking and DNR Surveys

DNR Species Summary (2015):
Fyke Netting Electroshocking
species Number Length (ave.) Number Length (ave.)
Black Bullhead 101 5.7-14.5″ (12.7″) 3 3.6-13.8″ (10″)
White Sucker 77 1
Walleye 18 9.9-25″ (19.2″) 3 13.9-20″ (17.3″)
Golden Shiner 6 1
Bluegill 42 4.3-7.7″ (5.6″) 13 2-7.1″ (5.1″)
Largemouth Bass 1 19.6″ 1 15.3″
Northern Pike 526 8-30.7″ (22″) 19 11-28.9″ (20.7″)
Yellow Perch 279 4.4-8″ (6″) 141 4.7-8″ (5.4″)
Brown Bullhead 17 12.4-14.3″ (13.1″) 1 7.4″
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 5 3.7-4.4″ (4.1″) 2 3.9-4.4″ (4.1″)
Black Crappie 15 6-10″ (6.8″) 2 3-3.2″ (3.1″)
Hybrid Sunfish 1
Green Sunfish 1 3.2″

 DNR Conclusions from 2015 Survey:

  • Northern Pike numbers high despite the 2014-2015 winter kill. Size minimum regulation is working to produce an excellent Northern Pike fishery. Growth rate greater than state average.
  • Winter kill severely reduced Walleye numbers. Recommended to continue stocking Walleye on an alternate year basis.
  • 2014-15 winter kill eliminated nearly all Bass from the lake. Stocking Largemouth Bass for three consecutive years is recommended.
  • Recommend working with lake and county residents to explore options to reduce the number and severity of overtopping events that have plagued the lake since 2004 and to address the low dissolved oxygen levels during winter months.
  • Recommend monitoring invasive species, including Eurasian Water Milfoil.
  • No carp captured but large carcasses noted.
  • Over 1000 Double Crested Cormorants noted roosting on trees surrounding lake during survey

 

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
2017 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 2,539 1.70
2017 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED LARGE FINGERLING 1,812 2.10
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 WALLEYE ROCK-FOX SMALL FINGERLING 1,045 2.50
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

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Condition: FAIR (2018) Source

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 61/Eutrophic 
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 1.5 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.4 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.  
    a graph of lake clarity
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 66.1 µg/l (SE Georegion average 31.6 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 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): 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. 

View TSI data graph on the DNR website

 


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.  

Additional documents:

Silver Lake Manitowoc report 12-19-2008

Updated: May 16, 2019 — 1:43 pm

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  1. Under Recreational Features it says the majority of the fish that are caught are rough fish, this is not true any more since 2001 the lake was completely killed and the creek was diverted from going into the lake and all game fish were replanted, over 2000,000 of them. The park also offers a 1100 foot wood chip trail in the woods and along the creek. There is also a playground for the children (put in in 2018). The concret boat landing is gone and a new boat launch and pier installed (2017).
    I am one of the volunteers that have worked with the reopening of the park since 2006

    1. Thanks Vincent! Grateful for the info! We will make those edits ASAP and if you have a photo of the new playground, we’d love to include it?

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