Silver Lake (Dickinson)
west edge of Lake Park
Amenities at Silver Lake (Dickinson) include:
- Boat Access
- Boat Rental
- Picnic Area
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Spring 2011 D.C. Electrofishing Assessment– A spring electrofishing assessment was conducted on Silver Lake to assess the subadult and adult fish populations. A total of 67 white bass were sampled during the 2011 spring electrofishing survey for a catch rate of 0.9 fish per minute. (1.2 fish per minute; 2010 spring electrofishing assessment).White bass catch rates have remained relatively unchanged the past two years indicating a fairly stable white bass population in Silver Lake.
Length frequency analysis reflects a white bass population comprised of quality (9.0 – 11.9 inches) and preferred (> 12.0 inches) size fish representing 51 and 49 percent; respectively, of the total white bass catch. No stock (6.0 – 8.9 inches) size fish were sampled during the 2011 spring electrofishing assessment, suggesting limited or no recruitment of the white bass population of Silver Lake. Age IV (2008 year class) continues to dominate the catch representing 82% of the total white bass catch. A white bass PSD value of 100% suggests the presence of good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger white bass in Silver Lake. Growth rates of the Silver Lake white bass population are good with the maximum attainable length of approximently 13.7 inches. A white bass relative weight of 92 is slightly below the 95 – 105 target range indicating a fish population in fairly good body condition.
Black crappie (n=2), channel catfish (n = 6), bluegill (n=2), and largemouth bass (n=2) were sampled in low numbers, which was inadequate to properly assess these fish species of Silver Lake.
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