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's something about a kid and a fishing pole!

    

                                                             Fishing contest winners - bass are good!

         

   Dad's holding, but I caught him!                                     ^ This kid grew up but he's 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, era 1930's, 40's)

      

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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!

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.....   INFORMATION ON STOCKING,  ETC.   (History and Current) 

  • Fish stocking by DNR: http://www.michigandnr.com/fishstock/

  • Fisheries Report 2017 -  Ken Kleinrichert participated in a DNR fish count on the lake, summer 2017, the weather was poor and the count was low.  However they did say they have been receiving reports of quite a few large walleye being caught, indicating the plantings are surviving and growing.  
  • Fisheries Report 2016  - Ken Kleinrichert reports that on June 18, 2016 the DNR planted  32,399 Walleye yearlings into Silver lake,  they were an average size of 1.31 inches.  This appears to be a planting of surplus as Silver Lake is scheduled for a 3 year planting cycle, the next scheduled planting would be in 2018.   They are scheduling a  Fish Count for the 2017, if we hear anything different we will keep you posted.

•  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.

  • Fisheries Report 2011– Ron Clingaman reported that he had been in contact with the DNR regarding planting of Walleye in Silver Lake.  They have normally been planted every three years, the last planting was 35,000 in 2008, so we would have been scheduled for this summer.  The DNR will not be planting this year due to a disease, “VHS”, in the hatchery.  Because of this disease they anticipate 2012 or 2013 before the next planting.  Ron checked into the price to stock ourselves, but the price is too high so that would not be feasible.  The cost would be $2.00 per fish at a cost of $50,000. for 30,000 fish.  It clearly points out what a good deal it has been to have Silver Lake stocked by the DNR over the years. 
  • Fish stocking by DNR: http://www.michigandnr.com/fishstock/
  • Last fish count and sizes  (August 2007 annual meeting, Todd Kalish presented a slide presentation on latest Silver Lake fish survey and habitat of various fish.  Everyone enjoyed his knowledge and presentation.  (More info will be added to website.) 

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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:

  1. A farming operation on the pond may have polluted the waters.  An evaluation should be made to be sure any pollutants present would not harm Silver Lake should a fish passage be constructed.
  2. A passage between the lake and pond would adversely affect lake and/or pond levels. An engineering study should be conducted to ensure that the proposed channel would not adversely affect water levels.
  3. The pond hosts a population of leeches. A channel would enable the leeches to migrate into Silver Lake.
  4. Boat traffic between the lake and pond would be an annoyance to nearby property owners.

 Our understanding of the status of the concerns is:

  1. Possible pond pollution has not been addressed.
  2. The lake and pond are in the same aquifer, are hydraulically connected, and consequently have the same level. Garfield Township has had measurements made that showed this to be the case.  The channel would not significantly affect lake or pond levels.
  3. According to the DNR, leeches much prefer the warm, muddy pond habitat to the lake.  Migration from the pond would be minimal and would not significantly affect recreation on the lake.
  4. The passage would not be navigable.  A low bridge that would block navigation would be required.

 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.

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