Silver Lake (Delaware)

General Information

County: Delaware
Location: SE edge Delhi
Acres: 34.00
Maximum Depth: 18.2 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

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Amenities at Silver Lake (Delaware) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Interior river levels continue to fall and are in excellent condition. Anglers are reporting good to excellent catches of walleye and smallmouth bass once again on the interior rivers. Recent surveys on the Wapsipinicon River in Buchanan County have found good numbers of quality size northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent in the Manchester District, for further information call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Anglers have been reporting catches of bluegill, largemouth bass and northern pike in Silver Lake.
Bluegill - Good: Try fishing a piece of worm or night crawler a couple feet under the surface with a bobber or small 1/16 oz. hair jigs. Bluegill here to tend to run in the 6"-7" size range.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinner baits or top water baits for some good largemouth bass action.
Northern Pike - Fair: Try trolling or casting spoons along weed edges for some great northern pike action.
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  • 06/23/2015 - 3,400 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 05/19/2015 - 200 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 06/24/2014 - 3,400 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 06/05/2014 - 248 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 06/04/2014 - 175 Bluegill (Adult)
  • 07/11/2013 - 3,500 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/29/2013 - 544 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 06/19/2012 - 3,572 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/08/2012 - 209 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 06/23/2011 - 3,400 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/18/2011 - 783 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 06/15/2010 - 3,400 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 05/20/2010 - 553 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/11/2009 - 507 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 07/02/2008 - 2,000 Largemouth Bass (2.0")
  • 06/28/2008 - 1,500 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 09/25/2007 - 720 Channel Catfish (9.3")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Silver Lake suffered a winter-kill event during the winter of 2013-2014 that affected largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Following the kill event the fishery was reduced to a few crappie and nothern pike. During 2014, the lake was stocked with adult bluegill, fingerling largemouth bass, and fingerling northern pike. As of fall 2015, surveys showed excellent reproduction of bluegill and crappie. Angler reports and population surveys also suggest good numbers of small (8-12 inch) largemouth bass as well as northern pike ranging in size from 14-28 inches. Beginning with summer 2016, anglers can expect good catches of bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and pike with few "keeper-sized" fish available for the creel.(2015)


Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

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