Fisheries on Silver Lake
Do you know what fish species live in Silver Lake? Got a big one and want to share pictures and story with others, let us know about it. Got a question about fishing in our lake, we'll try to help.
Fishing on Silver Lake
There is something about a kid and a fishing pole!
Jack Eilers, 2 1/2 and Henry Wilson, 6 - both caught their very "first" fish while vacationing on Silver Lake, summer of 2018. They are proudly sporting Silver Lake hats for their efforts!
Fishing contest winners - bass are good!
Dad is holding, but I caught him! ^ This kid grew up but he is still at it!
It takes a pair! Wintertime is the best time ... 10# - 34" What a catch!
Ice Fishing - what a catch of perch!
Memories of the way it was! (Pics taken from the memoirs of the Old Silver Lake Inn, eras 1930, 1940)
..... INFORMATION ON STOCKING, ETC. (History and Current)
• Fisheries Report 2015 - Scot Ogden reports that on April 24, 2015 the DNR planted 134,800 Walleye Fry into Silver lake, they were an average size of 0.2 inches.
• On April 29, 2015 the DNR planted an additional 700 000 Walleye Fry, these Fry were an average size of 0.12 inches
• On May 4, 2015 they planted an additional 350,000 Walleye Fry into Silver Lake, these Fry were an average size of 0.12 inches.
The reason for this Fry planting was because they had a crop overage in their hatcheries in the spring.
The next scheduled planting of Walleye Fingerlings into Silver Lake is scheduled for the spring of 2016.
• Fisheries Report 2013 - Scot Ogden reports that on June 12, 2013, the DNR planted 30,414 Walleye Fingerlings into Silver Lake, the average size being 1.276 inches.
Fishing Contests On Silver Lake
Over the years, fishing contests for the kids have been sponsored by the SLIA. The kids who participated in the first contests have grown up, we hope they have fond memories of those times. Because of uncooperative weather on contest days, lack of participation or whatever else, the contests are not being held at this time, perhaps someone with a passion will step forward to volunteer their time to resurrect this fun event!
For a trip down memory lane, see pictures of these contests on this website under newsletters. They can be found in August 2004 (the 1st contest), October 2007, October 2009, October 2010, October 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016 - Enjoy!
FISH PASSAGE - RECENT UPDATE ON FISH PASSAGE PROJECT, 2008 - IT HAS BEEN DROPPED
(See next paragraph for details)
When recently asked about progress on the fish passage, Garfield Township Trustees indicated the project was dropped due to negative comments they had received. The Township has been advised of the pro fish passage sentiment expressed at the annual meeting. If you have an opinion about the fish passage, let Garfield Township know about it. E-mail of the Township Supervisor at garfield-twp.com Township mailing address is: Garfield Township, 3848 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.
For some years now the possibility of opening a channel (fish passage) between Silver Lake and the pond north of the lake has been under discussion. The fish passage would re-establish a connection from the lake to the pond and provide spawning habitat for Northern Pike, Perch, Bluegills and Pumkinseeds. Development of the lakeshore has destroyed the natural spawning habitat.
The following concerns have been expressed if a fish passage is established:
Our understanding of the status of the concerns is:
At the 2007 SLIA annual meeting a motion was unanimously passed (74 members present) asking the association board to encourage Garfield Township to proceed with investigation of the fish passage.
Also at the 2007 annual meeting Todd Kalish, local DNR fisheries biologist, noted that DNR Fisheries Division was in favor of the fish passage as it would provide great spawning habitat.