Silver Lake (Palo Alto)

General Information

County: Palo Alto
Location: 2 miles west of Ayrshire
Acres: 648.00
Maximum Depth: 7.2 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program. (Soundings provided by USGS))
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Silver Lake (Palo Alto) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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Download Printable Lake Map

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  • 10/04/2013 - 7,081 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/10/2012 - 3,052 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 04/04/2009 - 650,813 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 09/15/2008 - 19,085 Walleye (5.5")
  • 05/12/2008 - 6,565 Northern Pike (2.3")
  • 04/13/2008 - 687,964 Northern Pike (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Yellow perch anglers will enjoy another good winter as superior numbers of angler acceptable size fish will be available for harvest. The Silver Lake angler will continue to enjoy good walleye fishing as recent surveys report superb numbers of this species in Silver Lake. Black bullheads will again provide quality angling for the 2018 fishing season.(2017)


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.

Lake Mini-report

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.