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Title: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 13, 2016, 12:33 AM
Hi everyone.  I've been off this site for 2 years because I couldn't remember my password lol!  I did the password change and never got an email back so on a whim I tried one of my million passwords and it worked.  Anyway. I was introduced to ice fishing years ago at silver lake and over the past 4, I was able to get my own gear and get back into it.  I'd like to fill a bucket with bluegill.  If anyone would like to join me and possibly point me in the right direction again I would be very happy.  When I go, it's usually on saturday from dark to dark.  It takes me an hour and 20 to get there.  Not opposed to pike either...
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 13, 2016, 12:36 AM
From what ive heard from a friend who fishes it the bluegill fishing isnt nearly what it used to be. I wish you good luck though and stay safe
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 13, 2016, 12:39 AM
Any advise on where to go? Coming from niagara falls area.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Gillpill on Jan 13, 2016, 12:41 AM
Sorry ive never fished the lake personally. Hopefully somebody who has wont mind pointing you in the right direction.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: KeukaZ71 on Jan 13, 2016, 06:17 AM
glad you got a password to work. lol. been there, done that.

use the search function on this website. i bet you could dig up some good info on silver.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mcperch on Jan 13, 2016, 06:48 AM
Go to north end or the south end and you'll get what you want ;D
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: builtright716 on Jan 13, 2016, 12:11 PM
Go to north end or the south end and you'll get what you want ;D

Its not a big lake. Access is easier at the south end. Keep moving until you find a clear spot in the middle of the weeds. It will be a travel corridor, so to speak. Close the shanty up tight and sight fish all the bluegills you care to catch. Just remember to keep what you eat, and throw some back to grow up.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: 30forfun on Jan 13, 2016, 12:17 PM
Did the wind break up the ice
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 13, 2016, 12:23 PM
Go to WeatherBug and put in Perry NY. You can get a shot of the lake. I think it's the north end. But its locked up. Saw a guy fishing out there today on the camera.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Silverlakeslammer on Jan 13, 2016, 12:31 PM
Camera is right next to the state launch. off silver lake marina. Going down Saturday! To bad my new auger and replacement tent for my hut won't be in for a week!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 13, 2016, 12:33 PM
That's awesome! Good luck! I may be there Sunday or Monday depending on reports!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 13, 2016, 12:35 PM
Could you tell me the best way to park and walk out? I'd be coming to silver lake from springville
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Zern on Jan 13, 2016, 12:50 PM
any reports on how much snow fell?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mcperch on Jan 13, 2016, 02:08 PM
Easiest way to get on lake south end state launch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Gowandafisher on Jan 13, 2016, 02:21 PM
so the camera from weatherbug on silver lake is at the south end boat launch looking north?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: luv2fish2 on Jan 13, 2016, 02:50 PM
state park usually plowed good access , or mack's across the lake,  either east or west lake rd you'll find one or the other on each
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 13, 2016, 03:19 PM
Saw the shanty my buddy and  I got ready and went out. Only to turn around again. Had a long rope trekked out about 60 yard from public beach. Would have fished on a bucket with one person but wasn't safe for two people in a shanty. Ice was 3 or 4 inches of crappy white. Some spots had another 3 inches crap on top which my buddy fell through. Was kinda funny but not safe for more than one light person. Very little snow on top I'd wait another day at least. This weekend would probably be fine.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 13, 2016, 04:42 PM
I am pretty sure the webcam is pointing south
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 13, 2016, 04:43 PM
I am pretty sure the webcam is pointing south

It's pointing north.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 13, 2016, 04:49 PM
..Yehthat is what I ment.haha.. was silver still open in the middle.. I didn't get a chance to check today?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Jan 13, 2016, 06:47 PM
there is open water in  the middle of the lake both ends refroze not sure how thick it is will check on fri. and post a report.  15 deg. in perry now.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 13, 2016, 06:48 PM
Ok great.. thank you so much for the update!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 14, 2016, 04:55 PM
There were huts out there on the silver lake cam.  Not sure exactly where it points.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 14, 2016, 04:59 PM
I have a bad feeling it's not gonna be till next weekend for me.  Just doesn't seem safe.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 14, 2016, 05:22 PM
Hoepfully they are a member and report back to us
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: trebblehook on Jan 14, 2016, 06:01 PM
hmmm...no reports on fish yet.  Didn't fish the lake last year, but heard it wasn't a good year for numbers of fish. Maybe it will pick up this year
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Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 14, 2016, 06:17 PM
Well....you guys think tomorrow with the rain will screw it up for this weekend?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 14, 2016, 06:36 PM
Depends on how much rain and how much snow is on the ice
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buschland42 on Jan 15, 2016, 07:18 AM
I would wait another week to unsafe yet, not worthy of getting wet . The rain and warm temps today  will make it to unsafe for this 200lbs man. Too soon....
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Jan 15, 2016, 09:46 AM
I was fishing in front of Max's last Friday. Three inches of ice. The warm weather screwed that up bad. 45į right now. Probably have to wait and check ice on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 16, 2016, 12:47 AM
Hey guys...Shot in the dark here.  Anybody know Steve Bars?  Or if he's on here?  He got me into ice fishing years ago and I'd like to reconnect?   
It's been years.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 19, 2016, 05:19 PM
I take that as a no...LOL. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dukhnter8 on Jan 20, 2016, 05:45 PM
Fished silver on the north and south side today see info on reports and conditions. Pretty much just caught a bunch of dink perch, but have to rant.
I picked up 3 lb propane bottles and a 1/3 full mountain dew 2 liter, next to a bunch of perch left on the ice. A couple were almost keepers. This was off Standpipe Rd. These were probably the first people fishing there on the ice this year. Friggin dirt bags.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 20, 2016, 06:01 PM
So not only did they litter but, they wasted fish.  I don't understand it.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Jan 21, 2016, 08:04 PM
that is why you can only park at the end of road now. people got tired of picking all the garbage out of there lawns in the spring. I have also picked a bunch of garbage up off standpipe on the ice. know a person thats on the town board that is trying to get the parking closed at the end of the road if people keep trashing the place. if that happens there will be no way to get on the north end unless you know someone.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Dragon1075 on Jan 23, 2016, 07:21 PM
Fished all day today on east side near public beach. Caught 1 nice crappie, 1 pike and about 140 perch. Unfortunately 139 of the perch were 6". Ice is good. 5" to 7" anywhere I wandered.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 23, 2016, 10:59 PM
Fished all day today on east side near public beach. Caught 1 nice crappie, 1 pike and about 140 perch. Unfortunately 139 of the perch were 6". Ice is good. 5" to 7" anywhere I wandered.

Dragon, did you happen to look South from your location.  I was wondering if you saw anyone down the lake on the East side near the county access, this would be midway down the lake.

Or any of you other fishermen that were on the South end, did you see anyone North on the East or West side in deep water over the mud flats out from Traber Rd? 

Thanks in advance
Perch Chacer

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: joeybigfish on Jan 24, 2016, 04:13 PM
Fished Saturday on the south end. Ended up with 2 northerns (24" and 23") and enough tiny perch to keep us entertained.

The morning was real slow but everything started to pick up around 1:30.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 24, 2016, 05:13 PM
Any sign of bluegills??
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: joeybigfish on Jan 24, 2016, 05:32 PM
Nothing for us. All I heard about was small perch.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 24, 2016, 05:44 PM
Anybody out in deep water fishing on the East side near county access or the  pines or off Traber road on the West side ?

Thanks in advance
Perch Chacer
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 24, 2016, 09:38 PM
Any sign of bluegills??

TNT you been out fishing anywhere yet?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 25, 2016, 04:48 AM
Yes, not on silver though
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 25, 2016, 05:15 PM
TNT you been out fishing anywhere yet?
I have been to cuba a couple of times and to honeoye..
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 25, 2016, 06:39 PM
Nice How'd you do. Got into some perch sunday on honeoye.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fish4fun8 on Jan 29, 2016, 05:52 AM
anyone been out there in past couple days?wondering if the shore ice is shaky and ice thickness?iwas thinking about going out on north end and was wondering if it would be a go or not?



 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: icedogger17 on Jan 29, 2016, 01:06 PM
X2 I'm wondering if tomorrow it will be good to fish
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fish4fun8 on Jan 29, 2016, 03:03 PM
ive seen a couple huts out there on south end cam today and was wondering how much snow and how much ice and if the shore ice took a bad hit or if it is good to come out and play!!!!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: spindiver on Jan 29, 2016, 06:03 PM
hello fished silver for years before ted had the bait I even remember ray  have to talk to some one about west shore midlake  red light house of sort if some  knows that spot we have get together and fish it I have a tail for you ! I believe there is a sping by there I thought  must have good ice you no that. does any no if warren goodnow is still around  not sure on spelling last name  or has any tried golf course
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Dragon1075 on Jan 29, 2016, 06:31 PM
Dragon, did you happen to look South from your location.  I was wondering if you saw anyone down the lake on the East side near the county access, this would be midway down the lake.

Or any of you other fishermen that were on the South end, did you see anyone North on the East or West side in deep water over the mud flats out from Traber Rd? 

Thanks in advance
Perch Chacer
Perch Chacer.Sorry for the delayed response. Didn't see anyone down that way on Saturday, but did see some guys closer to the north end on Sunday. Both east and west side.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: spindiver on Feb 09, 2016, 09:55 AM
just checked silver open from traber to silver grove and a open spt south of sportsman trl  quarter in of snow can't believe the ends are good
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 09, 2016, 10:52 PM
Just checked Silver, open from Traber to Silver Grove and a open spot South of sportsman trl  quarter in of snow can't believe the ends are good

The ends are holding but shore ice has melted back.  If we get high winds from the South, the South end will drift toward the open center of the lake.  Lets hope the cold weather this weekend locks the ends tight to the shore.  I still want to get out to mid-lake deep water, maybe March.

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: spindiver on Feb 10, 2016, 09:07 AM
you and I both there has to nice fish still. gettin costly goin to onieda every week don't think we will get to deep water I use to walk out of macs past traber alittle and get nice perch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 10, 2016, 03:54 PM
you and I both there has to nice fish still. gettin costly goin to Oneida every week don't think we will get to deep water I use to walk out of macs past traber alittle and get nice perch
That was my route to deep water also until the mid lake access sites at Traber Rd or the County access on East side froze up.  And yes if you know what to use there are some nice perch to be had in the deep water.  Oneida has a lot of bad spots now covered with snow, use your spud if you go this weekend.  I am going to wait.  Maybe Chautauqua deep water next weekend.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fellinonce on Feb 13, 2016, 06:02 PM
 Gonna try and get out from state launch tmrw. First time fishing silver. Where's best place to get pike shiners near the lake. Thanks
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Feb 13, 2016, 06:04 PM
Akermans in Castile however I am not 100% sure that they are open on Sundays. I would definitely call first.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fellinonce on Feb 13, 2016, 06:06 PM
Thank you
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 13, 2016, 06:15 PM
Gonna try and get out from state launch tmrw. First time fishing silver. Where's best place to get pike shiners near the lake. Thanks
there's some good pike in that lake... good luck!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 13, 2016, 07:40 PM
Akermans in Castile however I am not 100% sure that they are open on Sundays. I would definitely call first.

Ackerman's  phone number is 585-493-2810.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Silverlakeslammer on Feb 13, 2016, 08:27 PM
99% sure ackermans is closed on Sunday.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 14, 2016, 09:10 AM
Agree, usually closed on Sunday but I heard has new owners
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 16, 2016, 11:36 PM
How much snow on Silver after Monday-Tuesday storm.   Is a smitty sled required?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Feb 16, 2016, 11:39 PM
How much snow on Silver after Monday-Tuesday storm.   Is a smitty sled required?

I live  30 minutes north and we got slammed so I'd say bring the smitty for sure.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: youngblood on Feb 17, 2016, 05:40 AM
How much snow on Silver after Monday-Tuesday storm.   Is a smitty sled required?
  18-20in of snow here.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Feb 18, 2016, 05:09 PM
Ok so I have been told that silver lake has walleyes has anyone ever caught any?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Dragon1075 on Feb 18, 2016, 07:21 PM
Ok so I have been told that silver lake has walleyes has anyone ever caught any?
I have caught a few in the past. Small (15"-16"). I've heard of others catching nice size ones from time to time. I haven't fished it regularly in several years.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Silverlakeslammer on Feb 18, 2016, 09:05 PM
Ok so I have been told that silver lake has walleyes has anyone ever caught any?

Silver has a lot of walleyes just hard to get em to bite bc of the abundance of bait. I catch a decent amount during the spring and summer. Seen a couple ice fishing but never targeted them. If u put in the time you can catch them. But just don't plan on limiting out. But the ones u catch are fat. My personal best on my boat is 27" 7 pounds. And I've seen bigger in this lake! good luck
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Feb 18, 2016, 09:12 PM
Awesome thank you guys! Tight lines!!!!!!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BigT on Feb 18, 2016, 10:33 PM
Last spring I saw a nice school of eyes near a drop off about mid lake on the east side. Had my Aqua-vu in the water. I was fishin for gills and it looked like they were too. They were staged up just under the school of gills in 20 fow
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 18, 2016, 10:37 PM
Ok so I have been told that silver lake has walleyes has anyone ever caught any?

I have fished this lake since the 60's.  We used to target the jumbo perch back in the 60's & 70's and didn't bother with the walleyes.  There were no dink perch as there is today.  Over the years the perch size began to get smaller.  There was still nice size perch to be regularly had in 2000 -2002.  I know the walleyes were stocked for years in this lake and they really took hold throughout the 80's up to the present.  It was in the 80's that I saw a guy one day in the early morning going from hole to hole along the East side of the lake from the County access to the area we used to call the Pines and he was jerk jigging and then he would move to another hole.  I walked over to talk to him and found out he was local and, he was fishing for walleyes and he showed me a couple nice ones in his bucket.  He said he seriously fishes for the walleyes for the 1st few hours and catches a couple most times out.  I took his advice and found walleye would hit in this lake if you actually targeted them.  For years I caught walleye through the ice at Silver, but  the last 10-12 years it is hard to catch Winter walleye because I think there is too many perch to be had.  If you take the time you can catch a couple throughout the Winter, but not like we used to.  Ask the DEC and they will tell you there is a huge population of walleye in this lake.   They catch quit a few good walleyes in the  Summer.   
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Bbrown24 on Feb 21, 2016, 08:35 PM
Hows the pike population in Silver Lake? Are they of any size? Im thinking of hittin the lake for some pike and if im lucky catch a walleye. Ive never caught a walleye thru the ice yet.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: luv2fish2 on Feb 21, 2016, 08:57 PM
when silver was at the top of ny walleye stocking program i swear it helped the perch size  one opening night about 12-15 years ago i limited out on walleye's all 5 were over 5lbs, biggest was 28" 8.25 lbs .   now honeoye is or was recently on that list as top of the walleye stocking and their perch population has benefited in size i'm no biologist but seems like the waldo's kept perch in ck and there wasn't a stunted lake full  and oh yeah one opening night i had a pike spool my reel and break my line i was longlining i turned hard left caught my line and hand over hand a pike that was well over 40" i'd dare say that pike would have broke 20+ pounds it was huge i got it to the boat and it broke off at the lure never seen another even close to that i think there's not enough predator's keeping things in ck
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Lilmike2684 on Feb 25, 2016, 06:41 PM
does anyone think silver will be good to fish on Monday
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 04, 2016, 12:59 PM
Can anyone seen on the cam today or anyone else on Silver give a ice report for shore and main ice.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: youngblood on Mar 04, 2016, 01:36 PM
Couple huts on the South end when I drove by.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JEBADIAH on Mar 04, 2016, 01:42 PM
There's guys on the cam now.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Dec 09, 2016, 12:38 PM

Moving on up.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TeeBugg on Dec 09, 2016, 01:47 PM
have to get out an try silver lake this season!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Dec 09, 2016, 02:00 PM
I might commit more to it this year to try and get some eyes and perch deep. Got fed up and only went twice in the last two seasons.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: RyanG716 on Dec 09, 2016, 05:45 PM
Silver was really bad for me last year. Only went once and caught about 10 small gills and 1 28" pike. Must have punched about 50 holes that day. Always wanted to try the deeper water for perch and eyes.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Dec 14, 2016, 06:40 PM
South end was wide open. Didn't drive to the north end.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Crappiekid13 on Dec 18, 2016, 04:43 PM
FreeIng up then blowing back apart. Shouldn't be long
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Dec 21, 2016, 05:40 PM
Lake looks like it has some ice over most of it.  If this coming week doesn't get to warm it shouldn't be much more then a week or so for the gill guys but us perchmen need deep water and it won't be til mid Jan for that.  No sense risking life for a mess of fish that can be caught all Winter long.

Perch Charer
Keep on hauling
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Dec 21, 2016, 05:51 PM
just stopped in to new bait shop on west lake road good looking bait and good prices open 6am to 8pm 7 days a week owner seem like a great guy. looking for input from ice fishing people on what to stock.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Dec 21, 2016, 05:56 PM
I also Talked to him a couple times.... x2 ....Seems like a great guy!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Dec 21, 2016, 07:55 PM
I wasn't even aware of the new bait shop. Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fiskasassassin on Dec 22, 2016, 01:43 PM
I also Talked to him a couple times.... x2 ....Seems like a great guy!
johnson cast masters any fiskas jigs preferably fiskas balances vmc tumbler spoons
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Dec 23, 2016, 09:14 AM
Just to let everyone know, starting the first of the year you will have to pay six dollars to ice fish from the state launch.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Lucky_Eddy on Dec 23, 2016, 09:04 PM
Will they take the Empire Pass for seniors?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Retired ECO on Dec 24, 2016, 12:47 PM
State charging ice fisherman for access:
Over the years I have seen too many "false" posts. I would check with Parks and Recreation before blowing a gasket.
JTP
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Irrgang131 on Dec 25, 2016, 08:48 AM
Anyone headed out for the afternoon?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: simcoe20 on Dec 25, 2016, 10:17 AM
any word this year yet
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Dec 26, 2016, 11:18 AM
there will be a 6 dollar charge to park at the state launch at silver lake year round there is a place to pay and receive a ticket that goes in the window empire pass can be used. I was just down there it starts jan 1 2017 park will be checking cars through out the day and ticket any one without a pass in the window. one more way for the state to get more money. they will be doing this at all state park launches soon.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Dec 26, 2016, 11:34 AM
^^^^^ This really grinds my gears.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: FlagsUP on Dec 26, 2016, 11:55 AM
That works out to around $3 per keeper!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Dec 28, 2016, 04:45 PM
I don't lie eco. Talked to park police officer in person.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Dec 31, 2016, 07:58 PM
no open water or wet spots this morning so next week end for sure cant wait.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Dec 31, 2016, 08:05 PM
I gotta chime in here...all the taxes and cash we pay out in the 2nd worst state, all the money we pay compared to others, and we have to pay $6 dollars everyday we fish.  And on waters we pay for.  Waters that our tax dollars and license  fees for to.  And yes, hunters and fisherman oay for most of it.  On top of all that, we pay that much to park.  At a launch that our money goes to anyway.  That's nice.  I'm out when I retire.....Won't have to re-up my pistol permit every 5 either in the state I'm going too.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Dec 31, 2016, 08:21 PM
If I move it'll be farther north so I can extend my ice season!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Dodgeram2010 on Jan 01, 2017, 04:20 PM
what's the latest on ice condtions?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: lars on Jan 02, 2017, 08:45 AM
Can you park at golf coarse? haven't ice fished silver in few years
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 02, 2017, 11:29 AM
Can you park at golf coarse? haven't ice fished silver in few years
unless you are a member, no
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: lars on Jan 02, 2017, 05:21 PM
OK thanks was worth a shot
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perchhunter66 on Jan 04, 2017, 06:05 PM
Any ice reports
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Bbrown24 on Jan 04, 2017, 10:14 PM
Im gonna try silver tomorrow. Hoping tonights cold temps make the ice safe. I will report back tomorrow let you guys know ice conditions and if i catch anything!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: RyanG716 on Jan 04, 2017, 11:10 PM
Im gonna try silver tomorrow. Hoping tonights cold temps make the ice safe. I will report back tomorrow let you guys know ice conditions and if i catch anything!
Good luck man. Stay on top.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: RyanG716 on Jan 05, 2017, 09:04 AM
See a hut out there right now. Is that you? lol
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Bbrown24 on Jan 05, 2017, 10:20 AM
Theres two huts out here right now. Me and another group. I was out early early. About 3in of ice. 2 perch so far.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mikey ice fish on Jan 05, 2017, 10:45 AM
Theres two huts out here right now. Me and another group. I was out early early. About 3in of ice. 2 perch so far.
The key word is ABOUT 3"?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: joechicago on Jan 05, 2017, 11:21 AM
Just checked the camera. There's a guy fishing out there right now.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Bbrown24 on Jan 05, 2017, 07:05 PM
Fished the south end today. Only a few perch in about 30 fow. Set up tip ups for some pike but no takers. Ice wasnt as thick as I would have wanted but it held up pretty well. I was there from 7am till about 12:30pm.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Kingpin on Jan 06, 2017, 12:53 AM
Thanks for the info I was  going to go to Chautauqua lake but sounds like the ice isn't in very good shape there guess I am off to silver
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Bbrown24 on Jan 06, 2017, 09:44 AM
Thanks for the info I was  going to go to Chautauqua lake but sounds like the ice isn't in very good shape there guess I am off to silver

Good Luck!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ChromeChaser on Jan 06, 2017, 04:52 PM
Wheres the best shop to get pike bait around Silver?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BIGFISH on Jan 06, 2017, 04:56 PM
Higgins bait on 3834 west lake rd five min from the state  park we got bait there last he opens at am   higginsfamilybait.com  BIGFISH  http://higginsfamilybait.com/
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fishmaster13184 on Jan 06, 2017, 05:47 PM
Holy cow I just checked their prices and it's super expensive, the bait store in wayland sells you bait by the pound or half pound and it's only $16 for a whole pound of minnows and they're getting $9/dozen at that place. You get 3-5 dozen per pound of shiners depending on size
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Timmyny on Jan 07, 2017, 11:13 AM
20+ people out there this morning. Was told 4 1/2 inches of ice yesterday and temp was 0 degrees last night so probably closer to 6 in now.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fish4fun8 on Jan 07, 2017, 11:21 AM
it dont make ice that fast
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fishmaster13184 on Jan 07, 2017, 05:05 PM
I'd be surprised if there was more that 4 1/2" anywhere I drilled today
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: lars on Jan 07, 2017, 05:32 PM
Going to try and get out tomorrow
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Outlaw1222 on Jan 08, 2017, 03:32 PM
Fished off of the state launch from 8-130 today. Caught a 100+ perch 99% dinks and mids in 12-14 foe.No luck on the tip ups.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Outlaw1222 on Jan 08, 2017, 03:35 PM
Has anyone seen perch with black spots all over them? I caught one today and was curious what it was you can actually feel these spots kind like sand almost. I'll post a pic when I figure that out
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Outlaw1222 on Jan 08, 2017, 03:59 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1370.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag242%2Fmarcunger%2FIMG_1153_zpscjpiw6ue.jpg&hash=86d76415a90431a63990b8f07188c263) (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/marcunger/media/IMG_1153_zpscjpiw6ue.jpg.html)c

These are the black spots I was referring to.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 08, 2017, 04:00 PM
I would assume some sort of parasite..
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 08, 2017, 04:47 PM
Imagine how amazing the perch fishing would be on Silver if they had some decent size to them
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Edm87 on Jan 08, 2017, 04:51 PM
that perch has grubs associated with snails normally happens with lakes that are super weedy. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: chevy rotbox on Jan 08, 2017, 04:57 PM
yep grubs
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: warsawbassman on Jan 09, 2017, 10:16 AM
It's going to be another long slow ice season on the south end for Bluegills again this year guys. Weeds were poor heading into late fall/early winter, and water clarity was not the best. Coupled with the ultra low water levels this past open water season it pushed them out to deep water round about the middle of Sept. The gills will be out deep most of the winter feasting on bloodworms, and will stay there until spring. Some one might luck into them a day or two here and there on the south end on a couple select spots, but for the most part it's going to be tough for the average Joe. I am not even getting the stuff out of the barn this year, unless a few trusted buddies tell me otherwise.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mikey ice fish on Jan 09, 2017, 10:52 AM
Its not grubs it parasites. Theres a golf course that borders the lake that uses mass amounts of fertilizers
. CHEMICALS= PARASITES not grubs
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Fishin' Blues on Jan 09, 2017, 12:12 PM
The fish has "black spot" disease, also commonly called black grub. They are digenetic trematode parasites that burrow into the skin and flesh of fish. Needs three separate hosts to complete life cycle; fish, fish eating birds and snails. Can be found anywhere where all three hosts occur.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TyroneJenkins on Jan 09, 2017, 12:17 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1370.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag242%2Fmarcunger%2FIMG_1153_zpscjpiw6ue.jpg&hash=86d76415a90431a63990b8f07188c263) (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/marcunger/media/IMG_1153_zpscjpiw6ue.jpg.html)c

These are the black spots I was referring to.

What is that black dots?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 09, 2017, 12:28 PM
Research ny dec Web page.  There's a write up on diseases and parasites with fish.  They give you a list of what can be eaten and what you can't.  They also have "Unknown" sections. I caught a nice pike there about 2 years ago.  After filleting him all the grubs/worms started popping out of the fillet.  I didn't want to waste the fish so I did my research, pulled off as much as I could and then soaked it in milk and salt (if I remember correctly).  Anyway, after checking and recheck ingredients and being fairly positive I had removed them all.....I ate it.    I will not be doing that again no matter what the Dec says.  I just didn't want to waste it. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ontheelevator23 on Jan 09, 2017, 12:29 PM
If you filled the fish that have the black dots you will find the tiny grub in the meat. Just take the end of a filled knife and cut them out.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 09, 2017, 12:33 PM
Yes. At the time, after seeing the grubs I looked at the skin and only found a couple dots.  Very unnoticeable.   But still a ton of grubs.  He wasn't as bad as that perch on the outside.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mikey ice fish on Jan 09, 2017, 01:17 PM
If you filled the fish that have the black dots you will find the tiny grub in the meat. Just take the end of a filled knife and cut them out.
Yeah ok. The same guy will tell you to make snow cones out of the blue green algie to and eat the parasite worm while taking tequilla shots. Dont take chances with your health.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Jan 09, 2017, 06:16 PM
I'm going pike fishing tomorrow on the north end. It's sad to see what the lake has become. I can remember how good the ice fishing was for gills and perch. Its been bad going on six or seven years now. I have been told that the DEC stocked walleye last fall with more to come this fall. If true the eyes should clean up a lot of the dinky perch. Give them room to grow.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: LP Steve on Jan 09, 2017, 07:19 PM
That fish has little color and looks unhealthy. Is the water really stained there. Most perch I get are from lake Ontario and are very colorful.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Jan 11, 2017, 08:00 AM
The Amish are on silver raping it of its pike again. Bought all shiners up from Ackermans.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: catchin perch on Jan 11, 2017, 11:24 AM
I fished silver for about 20 some years and did very well until ice shanty came along. It was a good idea until 100's of people found out that silver had jumbo perch. Since the huge rush of people the lake was raped of its jumbo perch. I do not think ice shanty is bad but once the word gets out about a small lake fishing well it's all over. Loon,Cuba,and silver fell to ice shanty. Just my opinion. Give it some time as it takes about 10 to 12 years for perch to get to jumbo size.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: FrankM on Jan 11, 2017, 12:09 PM
I fished Silver Lake 40 years ago and it was full of dink perch long before ice shanty came along.  At that time you could catch buckets of Jumbo perch in Conesus but then that population crashed and that was long before ice shanty.  The Conesus perch were wiped out by a combination of overfishing and the introduction of alewives which totally disrupted the ecology of the lake.  The real problem is Cuba, Silver and Loon are typically the first lakes to freeze and are getting hammered during these warm winters when nothing else freezes. Also modern technology like flashers, cameras, hi tech tackle etc make it a lot easier to catch a lot more fish so that also impacts small lakes more than before.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: zadvorney on Jan 11, 2017, 03:00 PM
I'd be willing to bet that all of the above reasons contribute to the decline.  I would also look at the age of the lake; it's sediment level; recent algae bloom formation; as well as any amount of run off from the surrounding agricultural fields.  The lake is filling in with sediment and weed growth explodes within its depth range.  It dies and rots which in turn uses oxygen. To compound this, the lake has very little in-flow.  12-15 feet down is the thermocline during the summer and below that there is no oxygen.  It is a complete dead zone below that. This leaves little room for the fish to roam and induces stress on them thus inhibiting their growth cycle during the summer.   Winter comes and the water flips.  The lake's bottom is temporarily oxygenated, that's where the perch eat the blood worms, but this is burned up by the non-decomposed sediment and we are back to square one.  A good solution would be VERY VERY large bubblers all over the lake during the spring,summer and fall.  Dredging is going to remove the un-decomposed material but not the root cause, but it will help.  The lake needs an input of oxygen.  Good luck Silver Lake Assn.  Open your wallet and say AHH... I don't own a cottage there but if they ever do something about it and need a hand I'd be more than willing to help.  I can run a shovel or drive a wheel barrow.  It's a really nice lake to ice fish and I'd hate to see it decline further.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: coldnbroke on Jan 11, 2017, 05:17 PM
I'd be willing to bet that all of the above reasons contribute to the decline.  I would also look at the age of the lake; it's sediment level; recent algae bloom formation; as well as any amount of run off from the surrounding agricultural fields.  The lake is filling in with sediment and weed growth explodes within its depth range.  It dies and rots which in turn uses oxygen. To compound this, the lake has very little in-flow.  12-15 feet down is the thermocline during the summer and below that there is no oxygen.  It is a complete dead zone below that. This leaves little room for the fish to roam and induces stress on them thus inhibiting their growth cycle during the summer.   Winter comes and the water flips.  The lake's bottom is temporarily oxygenated, that's where the perch eat the blood worms, but this is burned up by the non-decomposed sediment and we are back to square one.  A good solution would be VERY VERY large bubblers all over the lake during the spring,summer and fall.  Dredging is going to remove the un-decomposed material but not the root cause, but it will help.  The lake needs an input of oxygen.  Good luck Silver Lake Assn.  Open your wallet and say AHH... I don't own a cottage there but if they ever do something about it and need a hand I'd be more than willing to help.  I can run a shovel or drive a wheel barrow.  It's a really nice lake to ice fish and I'd hate to see it decline further.
amen
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 12, 2017, 07:52 PM
This is what I know.  The perch in Silver lake feed on blood worms and other small aquatic creators which in turn feed on the zoo plankton in this lake.  I was told by a worker from the Town of Perry when they pull the screens at the water intake for  cleaning  they are infested with zebra mussels.  The main diet of the zebra mussel is zoo plankton.  Years back it was not unusual  to see hundreds of these tiny zoo plankton creators swimming in your hole when ice fishing, today you see hardly any.  Without zoo plankton, which is being devastate by the zebra mussels, you don't have enough feed for the perch bait in this lake.  If you don't have a sufficient balance of bait to perch you won't have large fish.  You can thank the zebra mussels for helping to contributing to the decline of the large size perch in this lake.  The DEC agrees the zebra mussels are not helping.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Jan 12, 2017, 08:22 PM
What can be done about it?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 12, 2017, 08:42 PM
What can be done about it?
This is not the only lake zebra mussels have interfere with.   Once in a lake they are there to stay.  Fishermen years back should have taken the warning more seriously when the DEC said boats should  be washed in between docking from one lake to the other and billage water should not be dumped into other waters.  DEC has a list of NY lakes with zebra mussels and you would be surprised how many.   I talked to the DEC bioglist for over an hour last summer about this small perch issue.

Keep on hauling
Perch Chacer
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: bstawickiata on Jan 12, 2017, 09:02 PM
Does anyone know if the ice survived the rain and warm weather?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Jan 17, 2017, 06:08 PM
there dropping the lake level again so watch the shore ice. wish they would leave it alone. it already lower than normal.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 17, 2017, 06:32 PM
How do they do that? It seems lower then it usually is?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: youngblood on Jan 17, 2017, 06:41 PM
There is a dam on the outlet on Federal St. in Perry. They can raise and lower the gates to adjust the lake level.Looks pretty much like the dam next to Teds in Lakeville.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 19, 2017, 04:34 PM
There is a dam on the outlet on Federal St. in Perry. They can raise and lower the gates to adjust the lake level.Looks pretty much like the dam next to Teds in Lakeville.
Ya know I have fished Silver since the early 60's and never knew there was a dam on the outlet in Perry.   See, you're never too old to learn things, so always listen and learn before you speak. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Clambaked716 on Jan 28, 2017, 01:20 PM
any thoughts on ice thickness will it be safe tom.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 28, 2017, 01:21 PM
It will not be safe.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Clambaked716 on Jan 28, 2017, 01:23 PM
ok thanks might have to drive lol
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: FlagsUP on Jan 30, 2017, 08:22 AM
Looks like someone took a test walk out onto the ice:
http://silverlakeassociation-wny.org/lake-cam/
Or it's a pressure crack...
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 30, 2017, 11:55 AM
That's a crack leaking water.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Jan 30, 2017, 01:40 PM
Hopefully moving in the right direction though. 
Title: Silver lake
Post by: Puffintuff on Feb 01, 2017, 11:07 AM
Hello all.i am wondering what the ice might be like this weekend if any
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: FlagsUP on Feb 01, 2017, 11:17 AM
There's a guy on the ice now...see on the cam...he's pretty far out too
http://silverlakeassociation-wny.org/lake-cam/
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: Puffintuff on Feb 01, 2017, 11:23 AM
Awsome thanks haven't been out this year yet ..heard people were on the ice before the warm up
Wonder how thick it is..?
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: Puffintuff on Feb 01, 2017, 11:29 AM
I called macks but they didn't know..
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: oneshot1819 on Feb 01, 2017, 08:57 PM
Thank you for the camera info!!
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: Crazy Ivan on Feb 01, 2017, 09:09 PM
I would bet on solid ice by the weekend. I hit Silver a few times this year in search of walleye. I caught tons of small perch and a short walleye. I would like to prod on the chances of a legal eye there
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 02, 2017, 11:02 PM
Bump it up for BS and report info.
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: Panman85 on Feb 03, 2017, 01:24 AM
Used to do very well here but last few years have been very tough, anyone still doing well with gills in recent years?
Title: Re: Silver lake
Post by: RyanG716 on Feb 03, 2017, 07:06 AM
Used to do very well here but last few years have been very tough, anyone still doing well with gills in recent years?

Gills seem to be non existent. Only reason i set up shallow anymore is for the pike. Poor weed growth again this year i imagine is the problem. Fish must be sitting deeper over some better weeds.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 04, 2017, 03:12 PM
I see there are a lot of  fishermen on Silver at the South end.   
1.) Is the ice you guys are on new ice (black or clear)or re-froze old ice (white)? 
2.) How many inches? 
3.) Is it hard ice or soft? 
4.) Can you see anyone off of Traber Rd down the lake on the West side or just down at mid lake? 

Thanks ahead of time for the info.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Feb 04, 2017, 03:19 PM
1) looks refroze to me
2)3-4.5 inches
3) ice seemed hard
4) not to sure if anyone was out on Trabber


Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 04, 2017, 03:21 PM
1) looks refroze to me
2)3-4.5 inches
3) ice seemed hard
4) not to sure if anyone was out on Trabber


Hope this helps!
Thanks for info.   If you look North toward the West side that is the Traber Rd area.  Can you see anyone down there?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Feb 04, 2017, 03:26 PM
I know where it is but I am already off the ice...I know when I went by yesterday late afternoon early evening there was no one out off of Trabber.. hope this helps
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Puffintuff on Feb 04, 2017, 04:39 PM
Could anybody get out over 20+feet of water?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Puffintuff on Feb 04, 2017, 06:12 PM
a body fish the north end at all?if fishable..I'm new to silver..gonna be heading there tom.afternoon and wondering where there's parking around the lake?all I hear about is the south end only
Any info is greatly appreciated thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Rynofirefighter on Feb 04, 2017, 06:18 PM
I'm heading there in 10 hours any eyes pulled recently?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Rynofirefighter on Feb 04, 2017, 06:20 PM
Or 30inch plus pike?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Rynofirefighter on Feb 04, 2017, 06:43 PM
Also looking for a bait shop macks has no minnows!?!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Crappiekiller2 on Feb 04, 2017, 07:23 PM
Heading out tomorrow' Super Bowl Sunday anyone been doing any good on the south end
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Feb 04, 2017, 07:30 PM
Also looking for a bait shop macks has no minnows!?!

Higgins family bait shop on abbott road,right off of West Lake Road. Opens at 6am.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Rynofirefighter on Feb 04, 2017, 08:11 PM
Sounds good will be there thank you!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: RipEm on Feb 04, 2017, 09:01 PM
Any perch to be had
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 04, 2017, 11:11 PM
Also looking for a bait shop macks has no minnows!?!
Silver has some nice size walleyes as you can see from the ones caught in the spring and summer, but it is not noted to be an active walleye lake in the Winter.  I have caught a few early in the morning and late in the afternoon over the years, but you have to be constantly on the move and know the lake bottom to catch that one or two fish for the day.  Pike were plentiful for many years but they have decreased in numbers.  A lot of small perch and mid-size gills can be caught most anytime.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: fish4fun8 on Feb 04, 2017, 11:32 PM
just got back from the lake i had my best night limited out on the papermouths all though some of my other buddys didnt do that well!!!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Doorman1 on Feb 05, 2017, 06:06 AM
Nice job fish. Wish I could have made it.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: aecker19 on Feb 05, 2017, 06:47 AM
Nice job!!! I've been reluctant to waltz out on that body of water in recent years, but it's good to hear there's some success occurring.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Rynofirefighter on Feb 05, 2017, 05:13 PM
Pulled out a 32 inch sharp tooth there today!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BigEarl on Feb 05, 2017, 09:49 PM
Fished it today as well. Got into some nice gills out of a buds summer place.
Stand by hot spot for big gills came through again!! Might be done til open
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: bills25 on Feb 06, 2017, 02:43 AM
Fished it today as well. Got into some nice gills out of a buds summer place.
Stand by hot spot for big gills came through again!! Might be done til open

How was the ice, where would you say the safest area to access the ice would be?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Lilmike2684 on Feb 06, 2017, 07:10 AM
 yesterday the ice was around 6 inches everywhere I checked in front of the state park
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Puffintuff on Feb 06, 2017, 10:31 AM
Fished the afternoon in 10-17fow yesterday off the state park launch ice was 2" of white and 2-2.5" clear
Nothing but dink perch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 13, 2017, 11:48 AM
Any report on how much snow Silver Lake or Perry N.Y. got Sunday and last night. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: youngblood on Feb 13, 2017, 03:27 PM
Any report on how much snow Silver Lake or Perry N.Y. got Sunday and last night. Thanks in advance.
About 3 or 4in.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 13, 2017, 10:39 PM
About 3 or 4in.
Thanks, will go out with care Wednesday.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: RangerBoats on Feb 14, 2017, 07:32 PM
Thanks, will go out with care Wednesday.
Were you able to get out today?....ill be there tomorrow,  and wondered how the ice is holding up?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Seasquatch on Feb 16, 2017, 08:02 AM
Any best guesses on chance of ice holding up into Sunday with the temps spiking on Sat? Was hoping for one last silver hurrah but I might just head north if it won't be worth the drive.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 16, 2017, 10:10 PM
There was a couple inches of slush on top today with a couple inch of snow on that. I moved alot and found no better than 3-4 clear with inch of white top. Ice may make to sunday but it's going to turn to a sloppy mess.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Dec 27, 2017, 11:59 PM
This Silver Lake ice fishing site has good information each year for the newbies before they can access the Silver Lake reports and conditions thread, so lets keep it active.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Dec 28, 2017, 12:56 AM
Perch chacer....i got into ice fishing on silver.  You're right.  It's a good place to start and learn.  The guys on silver have always been helpful on this site and taught me a lot. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Dec 28, 2017, 06:04 PM
Perch chacer....i got into ice fishing on silver.  You're right.  It's a good place to start and learn.  The guys on silver have always been helpful on this site and taught me a lot.
Did you get into any of the crappies out of Silver last winter?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: JPG on Dec 28, 2017, 06:06 PM
Actually I didn't hit silver last year.  You do any good there?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Mytjason on Dec 28, 2017, 07:23 PM
Took a ride up to silver lake today 4-5 huts out fishing walked out to see how deep the ice was 3"-5" with 4" of snow on top think I may try it in the morning any one had any luck there? Last few years has been hit and miss
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Dec 28, 2017, 10:24 PM
Last year the last 2 weeks of the season, which unfortunately ended presidentís day weekend, the panfish and pike fishing was hot at the south end. Hoping this year is just as good. Although going to be harder to find bait in the area with Higgins closed.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Mytjason on Dec 29, 2017, 12:56 PM
Fished silver today 3-4" of ice caught lots of nice perch nothing else not sure where all the gills are
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Dc31 on Dec 29, 2017, 01:48 PM
What end did fish?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: bigredonice on Dec 29, 2017, 03:32 PM
Heard some mixed reports from silver last few days...but a few buds put some time in marking key areas on the gps this summer and their hard work is paying off now.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Chautauquafish on Dec 31, 2017, 06:28 PM
So... I used to get bait from Higgins. They closed. Mackís doesnít sell bait. Does anyone know if Ackermanís is still selling bait? If not there will be no bait shop within 30 minutes of silver lake. Thatís crazy.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: stoutrod on Jan 01, 2018, 10:02 AM
There was someone selling bait from home on west lake road across from golf corse all summer don't see why they would stop now let me know
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: bziel1 on Jan 01, 2018, 12:32 PM
Closest bait I know of is teds in Conesus... not sure if Ackermanís is or not and the hours their suck if you want to get out first light
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BigT on Jan 01, 2018, 12:51 PM
Can you put up Teds at Conesus address & phone number?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Theval on Jan 01, 2018, 02:39 PM
State launch good?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 01, 2018, 02:42 PM
.
State launch good?


There have Been huts out there fishing the last couple of days. I do not personally know ice conditions or amount of snow on ice.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 01, 2018, 02:56 PM
There was someone selling bait from home on west lake road across from golf corse all summer don't see why they would stop now let me know

That was Higgins.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Kendog on Jan 01, 2018, 04:07 PM
Chat-fish: My wife and I just had lunch at Macks a few weekends ago and she (owner) was certain they'd be selling bait/wax-worms/mousy grubs, so I'll give a call there and ask about it, and report back.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: wnybassman on Jan 01, 2018, 05:13 PM
State launch good?

I was there this morning.   Ice is not as good as I hoped it would be.   Out at the weedline I drilled through 2" of crust, into 2" of slush then about 4" of ice that only consisted of about 1 1/2" of clear ice.    Out past the weedline that crust disappears on the surface and it is 4" of slush under the light coating of snow with about the same ice under that as it is shallower.    For what it's worth, the bite matched the ice conditions   lol
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: forkhorn on Jan 01, 2018, 05:23 PM
Has anyone been out in the deeper water for perch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: willsoj560 on Jan 01, 2018, 06:18 PM
There is supposed to be some eyes in silver. Has anyone ever targeted them or got em as bycatch?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 02, 2018, 12:27 AM
There is supposed to be some eyes in silver. Has anyone ever targeted them or got em as bycatch?
Silver has some nice size walleyes as you can see from the ones caught in the spring and summer, but it is not noted to be an active walleye lake in the Winter and most fishermen don't fish for them.  I have caught a few early in the morning and late in the afternoon over the years, but you have to be constantly on the move from hole to hole and know the lake bottom to catch that one or two fish for the day.  Your better off targeting pan fish in this lake during the Winter.  Pike were plentiful for many years but they have decreased in numbers.
 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: willsoj560 on Jan 02, 2018, 08:09 AM
Silver has some nice size walleyes as you can see from the ones caught in the spring and summer, but it is not noted to be an active walleye lake in the Winter and most fishermen don't fish for them.  I have caught a few early in the morning and late in the afternoon over the years, but you have to be constantly on the
move from hole to hole and know the lake bottom to catch that one or two fish for the day.  Your better off targeting pan fish in this lake during the Winter.  Pike were plentiful for many years but they have decreased in numbers.

I appreciate the reply. So it's about like Conesus lake. The walleye in there are huge
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: OneBucketMike on Jan 02, 2018, 03:59 PM
I appreciate the reply. So it's about like Conesus lake. The walleye in there are huge

Yep just like Conesus-don't bother targeting them.....
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Greg Corral on Jan 04, 2018, 11:41 AM
Is anyone ice fishing Silver Lake yet? Any reports on ice thickness? Thank you
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: b ice on Jan 05, 2018, 05:49 PM
Anybody know how the weeds are and hope the water Clarity is better this year than last year
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Jan 05, 2018, 06:37 PM
water has been clear need to look to find good weedbeds.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Grapeman4619 on Jan 06, 2018, 02:06 PM
I have never fish Silver lake and would like too but I am not formillar with access points  or any local bait shops around the lake. Any info would be great thanks thanks for he help.
Tight lines everyone!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: lakeriefisher on Jan 06, 2018, 09:58 PM
How is the ice and the fishing
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 07, 2018, 12:29 AM
I have never fish Silver lake and would like too but I am not formillar with access points  or any local bait shops around the lake. Any info would be great thanks thanks for he help.
Tight lines everyone!
There is a state launch on the Southwest corner that is plowed regularly.  Can catch perch, gills, a few crappies and pike with the right bait.  On the Southeast corner there is a access point that has a restaurant called Mack's.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: kilam1037 on Jan 07, 2018, 07:45 AM
I'm new to this site, was wondering how many parents take their kids 12 and under. Looking for tips on keeping them interested.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: GANGGREEN on Jan 07, 2018, 08:08 AM
I'm new to this site, was wondering how many parents take their kids 12 and under. Looking for tips on keeping them interested.

My kids are no longer terribly interested in hunting and fishing, but when they were young, they actually did enjoy going ice fishing.  I'd just encourage you to let them play and don't force them to fish.  If they're sliding on the ice, building forts or snowmen, sneaking up on deer, whatever, allow it.  As long as they're out there with you, they will show interest when you hook and land a fish and on the good days I never had trouble keeping them interested in the fishing. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 07, 2018, 06:34 PM
I loved the excitement of chasing tip up flags when my dad would take me out as a kid. Still do.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Jan 09, 2018, 11:58 AM
Snacks and hot chocolate are a key way to keep them going.  I think if I drilled 2 holes for each of them and gave them a scoop strapped to their wrists they would clean the slush from one hole to the other all day long.

They also like fishing with something heavy that they can reel up and down when the want to get into it a bit. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: burtbomberz on Jan 10, 2018, 05:53 PM
My 12 and 8 year old daughters love ice fishing...make it an adventure...lots of snacks and keep em warm! Tent and heater a must..I bring the pop up when they come..I have them use light rods with swedish pimples with a single hook tipped with a minnow head or waxie/Mousie...heavy enuogh for them to feel bottom.  Last year they each got floating suits..safety first
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 13, 2018, 10:02 AM
Went to Silver Lake this morning.  They got about a foot of snow.  There are brownish looking areas in the snow all over the lake which are wet spots and slush.  Where I test walked it seems like a full layer of slush.  Stopped at the North end, Perry Town Park, Wyoming County access on the East Side - mid lake, Mack's and the state launch.  All have slush over the existing ice.  I have done the horrible slush walk and drag before but not today and went back home.  PS the Wyoming County access must not be county land anymore, there are 3 real estate sold sign at the road.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Jan 13, 2018, 05:53 PM
Went to Silver Lake this morning.  They got about a foot of snow.  There are brownish looking areas in the snow all over the lake which are wet spots and slush.  Where I test walked it seems like a full layer of slush.  Stopped at the North end, Perry Town Park, Wyoming County access on the East Side - mid lake, Mack's and the state launch.  All have slush over the existing ice.  I have done the horrible slush walk and drag before but not today and went back home.  PS the Wyoming County access must not be county land anymore, there are 3 real estate sold sign at the road.
I don't think it was ever county land, but private land with access noted by the Wyoming County Wildlife Federation.  I saw those signs last week too.  That access was not for the meek.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 13, 2018, 07:23 PM
I don't think it was ever county land, but private land with access noted by the Wyoming County Wildlife Federation.  I saw those signs last week too.  That access was not for the meek.
I know, it was a nasty drag coming off, all up hill and with a lot of snow it was brutal, but the deep water perch were worth it.  Will come in from Traber Rd on the West side and cross the lake if the ice ever gets good and there is little snow.   A lot to hope for.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 17, 2018, 12:09 PM
Will be going to Silver early this Sat. and do the around the lake check and then pick the best deep water sport for some perch.   Anyone have a present report on ice conditions other then the South end.  I was there last Sat. but there was a lot of slush.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Fishin' Blues on Jan 17, 2018, 12:58 PM
On Monday there was 8-9 inches of ice (6 clear) over deep water in north end.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 17, 2018, 08:44 PM
On Monday there was 8-9 inches of ice (6 clear) over deep water in north end.
Fishin'Blues, Thanks for the report, must be the slush froze.  It's a go for me deep water this Sat.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 20, 2018, 09:17 PM
Made it to Silver Sat. as I said I would.  There were guys out at South End, North End, Traber Rd, Perry Town Park, the Golf Club and the East side off the old County access, basicly all over the lake.  The two deep water areas I fished today had 16" of ice measured not guessed.  Shore ice at both areas was wet with a little slush for 25 to 30 yds. but safe.   No machines on the lake but could well support them.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 21, 2018, 06:13 PM
Can't believe with as many guys that were out Saturday and today there was only one post on the Silver lake reports and conditions thread and none on this thread.  Why no reports?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Silverlakeslammer on Jan 22, 2018, 06:00 PM
just wondering. perch chacer, were you the gentleman that stopped and talked to me and my buddy on your way off the lake Sunday.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Mytjason on Jan 22, 2018, 09:05 PM
My family has a cottage there we have fished many times and have never had much luck off traber or the south end looking for pike any suggestions please
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 23, 2018, 11:15 AM
My family has a cottage there we have fished many times and have never had much luck off traber or the south end looking for pike any suggestions please
The pike quantities have dropped off consideriby in the last few years.  The ones that can be caught can be taken all along the East shore.  Straight across the lake from Traber Rd is a good spot.  I have caught pike in that area on flags set-up 100-200 ft off shore.  The Northwest corner and the South end off Mack's and the state launch are also pike areas.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 23, 2018, 11:22 AM
just wondering. perch chacer, were you the gentleman that stopped and talked to me and my buddy on your way off the lake Sunday.
Could have been, I was with another person and I stopped and talked to two guys that had stopped to fish an existing hole.  I asked how they did and told them what I had caught.  That was around 5:30 pm. 

We need snow on the shore now to protect the shore ice.  Bare ground gets warm from the sun and  warms the shore water which melts the shore ice. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Jan 23, 2018, 01:41 PM
stopped at state launch at 1 pm on way home today
little water on ice and looked super slick
ice appeard fine although i didnt check it
there were 6 guys headed out for afternoon
temp was dropped by then and no rain just light snow at that point
 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Nolan on Jan 24, 2018, 06:40 PM
Hey guys, my dad just got me some tip ups down from the raftors and was wondering if someone could give me tips on hooks, bait, line and extra tips. How far do u keep the minnows down and how do u hook them?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: hrdcore on Jan 24, 2018, 08:20 PM
https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?board=30.0
Try this. Lots of good information
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 24, 2018, 11:11 PM
Hey guys, my dad just got me some tip ups down from the raftors and was wondering if someone could give me tips on hooks, bait, line and extra tips. How far do u keep the minnows down and how do u hook them?

For pike at Silver I spool the tip up with 25lb ice braid with about a 3í fluorocarbon leader. 12-15lb fluoro. On the end put a quick strike rig. The rig consists of a 8Ē wire leader with a #6 or #4 single treble hook. I have had good luck with gold shiners but alot of peeps use suckers. Hook them in the back right behind the dorsal fin. Add a split shot just above the wire leader to keep the shiner from swimming too high/fast. I fish mostly the south end. Good to be in the weeds which disappear deeper than about 12í of water. Donít be afraid to stay shallow (less than 10í). Position the shiner so it is only a few feet below the ice. Pike cruise atop the weeds. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 25, 2018, 11:26 AM
Don't be afraid to try the deep water drop-off's along the East shore.  I have caught a lot of  pike on tip-ups along the East shore about 100' to 150' out.  The water gets deep rather quickly, but the pike cruise the top of the drop in front of the shore weeds. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Theval on Jan 25, 2018, 04:32 PM
Handfull of 8-9 inch perch couple 10s. Bigger ones on raps. Couple crappie from same holes. Fun day on the ice.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 25, 2018, 07:42 PM
Handfull of 8-9 inch perch couple 10s. Bigger ones on raps. Couple crappie from same holes. Fun day on the ice.
Goes to figure why they hit jigging raps, three of the larger perch I cleaned Sunday had 1" long rock bass in them.  That is why when I changed to perch eyes in the afternoon I started catching the 9" perch.   I saved some eyes and will start with them first thing the next time out and hopefully get more keepers.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: shadowcaster on Jan 25, 2018, 10:47 PM
Today was my second day out on my own and I've been learning a lot thanks to the help of those on this forum.  I really appreciate help and advice, and as an experienced open water and fly fisherman, it's a little different to be on this side of the learning curve.  I just want to say thanks, particularly to Perch Chacer for helping me to learn the ropes.  It made my day a lot better than it would have been otherwise.
Got 7 perch today about 9 inches on average.  Caught one dink and missed double the amount I landed or more.  The biggest lesson I learned today was that setting the hook is a lot different than any other type of fishing and the takes are extremely subtle.  Anyhow, my 4 kids loved the fish fry we had.  My oldest son is about the pickiest eater you'll ever meet and he asked for seconds.

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Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 26, 2018, 01:12 PM
Today was my second day out on my own and I've been learning a lot thanks to the help of those on this forum.  I really appreciate help and advice, and as an experienced open water and fly fisherman, it's a little different to be on this side of the learning curve.  I just want to say thanks, particularly to Perch Chacer for helping me to learn the ropes.  It made my day a lot better than it would have been otherwise.
Got 7 perch today about 9 inches on average.  Caught one dink and missed double the amount I landed or more.  The biggest lesson I learned today was that setting the hook is a lot different than any other type of fishing and the takes are extremely subtle.  Anyhow, my 4 kids loved the fish fry we had.  My oldest son is about the pickiest eater you'll ever meet and he asked for seconds.

Your post made my day.   I am glad my advise helped you.   I always try to help anyone that asks.  Silver is my home port.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: STEALTH MODE on Jan 26, 2018, 06:31 PM
10 inch clear 2 inch white mid lake today. Some perch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: STEALTH MODE on Jan 26, 2018, 06:39 PM
Had a perch spit out what looked like a little northern
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: nino61881 on Jan 26, 2018, 06:43 PM
Looking to head to Silver lake in the am. I haven't been in a few years now. Where can we park and get minnows?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 26, 2018, 07:39 PM
Looking to head to Silver lake in the am. I haven't been in a few years now. Where can we park and get minnows?
You can get bait at Rob's Sunoco Gas Station on Main Street (Rt 39) Castile, NY they have a tackle / bait shop in the rear.  They have spikes, mousees, pike bait - shinners and fat heads minnows. 1-585-493-2810.  Open at 7am.  Where to park will determine what you want the minnows for.  The South end has gills, perch and pike and there is  a State  launch with a large parking lot and a Kiosk for $6 on Southwest corner.  Mack's restaurant parking is free on Southeast corner.  You can also reach deep water by walking straight down the lake from either of these access points.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: nino61881 on Jan 26, 2018, 07:48 PM
You can get bait at Rob's Sunoco Gas Station on Main Street (Rt 39) Castile, NY they have a tackle / bait shop in the rear.  They have spikes, mousees, pike bait - shinners and fat heads minnows. 1-585-493-2810.  Open at 7am.  Where to park will determine what you want the minnows for.  The South end has gills, perch and pike and there is  a State  launch with a large parking lot and a Kiosk for $6 on Southwest corner.  Mack's restaurant parking is free on Southeast corner.  You can also reach deep water by walking straight down the lake from either of these access points.
Great information!! We are going to target the perch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Jan 27, 2018, 09:59 PM
If you want to catch bigger fish then go too  conesus or honeyoe lakes. Silver gave up the ghost a long time ago.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceIceBubba06 on Jan 28, 2018, 08:25 AM
Shore ice still OK at north end? Never fished that end and want to give it try today. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TimmyWill on Jan 28, 2018, 08:34 AM
Shore ice at the north end was fine yesterday. Lots of water on the surface. But still plenty of ice. Move around till you find a hot pod of perch and itís great action for 10-15 minutes.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceIceBubba06 on Jan 28, 2018, 09:28 AM
It was a toss up between case or silver. Fished case last Sunday. Lots of action but all dinks.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 28, 2018, 08:18 PM
Fished Silver today from 8am-5:30pm.  The shore ice was still  good and solid with no edge water showing.  Ice where I fished was measured at 12" a few inches less then last Sat.  The surface got a little soft today with the 40's temp, but when I left the temp had dropped and the surface was re-freezing. 

The bite was  tough today, left the lake with (15) 8-9" perch and caught at least another 15 shorts along with some short crappies.  Bigger perch are nice, but I'll take 8-9" perch any day.  There will be 9-10" perch here next year.  Got to fish for these perch with finesse, if you don't they are far and few between.

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 28, 2018, 09:15 PM
If you want to catch bigger fish then go too  conesus or honeyoe lakes. Silver gave up the ghost a long time ago.
First hand info???   What size perch you catching at Conesus? 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Welshans32 on Jan 29, 2018, 09:41 AM
Fished Silver today from 8am-5:30pm.  The shore ice was still  good and solid with no edge water showing.  Ice where I fished was measured at 12" a few inches less then last Sat.  The surface got a little soft today with the 40's temp, but when I left the temp had dropped and the surface was re-freezing. 

The bite was  tough today, left the lake with (15) 8-9" perch and caught at least another 15 shorts along with some short crappies.  Bigger perch are nice, but I'll take 8-9" perch any day.  There will be 9-10" perch here next year.  Got to fish for these perch with finesse, if you don't they are far and few between.
good to hear, I've only ever got dinks there
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 04, 2018, 10:45 PM
Got to keep this thread going for the new guys before they can open the reports thread.

Fished Sat. out in the deep wateer from 8:00 to 5:00, started in 30 FOW but worked around till I found the deeper area.  Left the lake with 20, 8-9" perch, and threw back at least that many shorts.  Took a while to figure out what jig, color and bait they wanted.  Caught most on a white "Genz" bug with a constant jig movement and either mousses or perch eyes.  The bite was so light it just moved the spring bobber and you had to concentrate or you didn't even know they hit.  My LC graph showed schools of fish going through on and off all day.  Ice was measured at 12" with only a few patched of snow on top.  Shore ice was snow covered and solid.  Wind was strong at times.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: STEALTH MODE on Feb 06, 2018, 01:12 PM
35 keepers Sunday 180 in 4 times out some over 10 inch
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Feb 08, 2018, 08:13 AM
Looking to fish into the evening at Silver this Saturday - from everything I found on the DEC site it looks like the state launch is open until 11PM.  Has anyone had any troubles parking there after dark? 

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 08, 2018, 08:04 PM
In my experience most people are usually cleared out of there by dark or slightly after. Not sure what the rules are.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Feb 09, 2018, 04:44 AM
Looking to fish into the evening at Silver this Saturday - from everything I found on the DEC site it looks like the state launch is open until 11PM.  Has anyone had any troubles parking there after dark?
No picnics or rowdy parties after 11.  Fishing access, pay $6, you'll be good.  Call the office at Letchworth for clarification or spend your $6 at Mack's on a burger/coffee and park there for free.  Access the same ice.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: eddie the k on Feb 09, 2018, 07:07 AM
I fish silver regularly, I don't fish the state launch much but I have many times in the past. When did they start charging during ice season?  Are we paying an attendant?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: STEALTH MODE on Feb 09, 2018, 02:16 PM
Never seen anyone there .its a kiosk .pay and get a pass
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Feb 09, 2018, 07:27 PM
Pay and get a pass or they will give you a ticket
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 09, 2018, 09:09 PM
Never seen anyone there .its a kiosk .pay and get a pass
Hang the day pass the machine gives you in your window.   It's been two years now.  They plow daily and the bathrooms are heated, your $6 at work.   Must be our tax dollars go else where.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 11, 2018, 05:46 PM
PLEASE NOTE:  Saturday I went down to Standpipe Rd but found the limited parking full.  The problem I saw was there were a couple of trucks parked straight in on the right side of the dead end road, just pass the orange fence.  That vacant area is a lawn for the cottages across the road.  Parking on lawns happened a few years ago that is why there is a orange fence up at the intersection.  The vacant space to the right down the dead end road is not a parking area.  We will lose all parking on Standpipe Rd if this erratic parking keeps up.  It may not be Ice Shanty fishermen but I wanted to get the word out.  Respect the cottage owners property. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 15, 2018, 12:59 PM
Now with the snow gone and the ground softening up please be careful where you park and respect all access points.  At the end of Standpipe Rd the vacant area just past the orange fence is not a parking area, it is a lawn for the cottages across the road. We will lose all parking on Standpipe Rd if erratic parking keeps up.  It may not be Ice Shanty fishermen but I wanted to get the word out.  Respect the cottage owners property. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: jdrushler on Feb 16, 2018, 03:48 PM
Hope to get out on silver Monday.  Got hour and half drive.  If anyone knows conditions please let me know.  Fished it a few years ago and getting back into ice fishing.  Heard it had 14 inches of ice so hope that holds up.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 17, 2018, 08:59 PM
Went out of the Golf Course on West Side today.  Shore ice and main ice is solid but slick and all the drain holes from mid week are froze solid and do not spud through.  Main ice is still a good 14".  It was freezing all day from 7:30 until we left at dark.  The morning holes we used were iced over with a 1/4" when we came back to them at 3:00.  We started on the West side then walked across the lake to the 35 FOW out from Perry Beach, then walked down off Standpipe Rd to the 30 FOW and the ice conditions were the same all over.  Bite was slow today with only a few perch taken.  Will be excellent ice conditions tomorrow morning at the North end.  One danger area to avoid is the creek that enters the lake to the right side of the Golf Course ramp.  Make a big swing out into the lake if you are going to head south.

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: jdrushler on Feb 18, 2018, 07:02 PM
Headed out in the morning.  Hope conditions will be good.  Let you know if ice is good.  Let me know if not
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dru68 on Feb 18, 2018, 07:52 PM
Good Luck! Got out there two weeks ago and only caught three keepers.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 23, 2018, 03:25 PM
I just got back from checking and walking on Silver Lake ice at 3:30 pm.

1) State Launch SW corner - one 6 ft wide area still has ice to the shore and easy to get on.  I walked out 25 yds and cut a hole 8 " ice, 50 yds out still 8".
2.) Traber Rd. - Shore ice along the concrete wall is melted 2 feet away and can not access there.
3.) Golf Course - The access area still has ice to the shore all long the pier and easy to get on.  I walked out 25 yds and cut a hole 8 " ice, 50 yds out  7".  Very important: stay away from the creek on the right side of the pier.
4.) Standpipe Rd. - Just North of  the large gray house, the snowmobile access has melted out about 2 feet, but one good step and I was on solid ice.  You guys may want a plank at this area.  Directly out from Standpipe Rd at the base of the steep hill, there is still ice to the shore and easy to get on.  Stay away from the drain pipe to the right side.   I walked out 25 yds and cut a hole 9 " ice, 50 yds out still 9".  At this access area there are a few large cracks that are still locked together for now.  Talked 3 guys coming back from the far Northwest corner for gills.  They  said gill bite was slow and not worth it today.
5.) Perry Public Beach - Shore ice along the concrete wall is melted away about 6", but I was able to get onto the ice easy.   I walked out 25 yds and cut a hole 9 " ice, 50 yds out still 9".  At this access area there are also a few cracks that are still locked together for now.
6.) I forgot about Macks but I would assume it to be the same.

No snow on the ice and very little slush, but extremely slippery.  You will be able to see any bad areas so stay alert.

Temp at the lake was 42F , and on my way home it started to rain when I went through Java.  Tonight will be around freezing but not much ice making.
  This is a report only from 3:30 today with 42F temp and you make your own decision.  NO ICE IS SAFE ALWAYS USE CAUTION
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 24, 2018, 10:04 PM
Went out of Perry Public Beach from 7:30am - 5:00pm.  The shore ice cracks that were locked together yesterday were open today a few inches.  The shore ice sections floating free were large enough to support a persons weight when crossing to get to the main ice.  When coming back in the shore cracks were opened about 6" but ice sections still supported a persons weight and easily crossed to get to the shore.  Main ice was 7" at the end of  the day and the top 1" was getting soft.  There were a few large man eater holes out there so we had to stay alert.  The perch bite was the best so far this season, two of us together kept (42) 8-9" perch and threw back a doz or so smaller ones.  One other hut came out near us in the afternoon and the father and son kept 12 perch.  I have tried and tried to post the shore ice and perch pictures taken with an IPhone but no luck.  I can't get the photos off the IPhone and into my computer.  I stopped at Standpipe Rd on my way home and there were still 5 vehicles there and guys were still out.  Shore ice there was the same as posted above, loose and large floating sections.  Extreme caution tomorrow if you go out.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 18, 2018, 09:38 PM
Made a spur of the moment decision to go to Silver when my buddy called at 12:00 noon.  Shore ice at Perry Public Beach and Standpipe was solid with 6" of slush on top for the 1st 50 ft. out.  Spud did not go through with 3 heavy whacks.  The main ice was 10" thick (5" dark and 5" white but solid) with 2-3" of snow on top.  There were quit a few huts out of Standpipe, some fishing the East side and the rest over at the Northwest corner.  3 huts out of Perry Public Beach along with us.   We fished from 1 to 6:30 pm and the two of us kept (20) 8-9" perch and through back another doz. shorts.  Still further South across from Silver Grove there were 2 more huts.  No one any further South then that.  This is only a report, you make the decision and if you go use caution.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: icebites on Mar 23, 2018, 11:22 PM
Got out with Frankie bags afterwork today.  Great to be on the ice again. Entered at public beach area. Solid from the first step to the last.  Met a nice guy coming off the lake when we entered.  He had 15 decent perch in his bucket, happy as good be.    He had a bucket a spud and two rods. Thatís it. Love how people can make it work running light gear like that. Ice was 4 inches clear and about 4 white everywhere we popped holes. Slow bite for us.  Kept 3 perch at 9 inches and caught 10 crappie but no keepers. This weekend should be solid but that is just my opinion based on the holes we popped today.  We bumped the spud all the way out just to be safe.  Enjoy a late season bonus and good luck finding some keepers. First time i have fished Silver, tuff lake being that its seems lke its 30 to 35 feet everywhere. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Mar 24, 2018, 08:45 PM
Yes, mostly 30-35í. Except shallow north and south ends which can be a panfish and pike bonanza when the ice is good.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 24, 2018, 10:27 PM
Went out of Perry Public Beach today Sat, was 16 degrees when we arrived at the lake at 7:30 am and minor ice formed on holes all day.  Shore ice was froze solid and main ice was still 10" thick (5'' of blk with 5" of wht  with 1-2" of snow on top.  The snow is protecting the ice from thawing.  No ice has been lost since last Sat.  Fished 32 FOW and kept 56 perch 8-10" between me and my buddy.  3 of them were over 10".  Threw back at least 30 more shorts under 8".  Perch eyes were the trick today.  Tomorrow and Mon will be no problem getting out and I do not think the upper 40's and 50's on Tues, Wed and Thurs will destroy what  ice there is now.
(https://s9.postimg.cc/fk6pyfo0r/Silver_Lake_Perch_3-24-18.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/fk6pyfo0r/)
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: icebites on Mar 24, 2018, 11:04 PM
Great catch perch chaser. Some nice perch in that pile. Lots of people out today? Beautiful day for it!!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 24, 2018, 11:43 PM
Great catch perch chaser. Some nice perch in that pile. Lots of people out today? Beautiful day for it!!
Ya, great day out but I got a little sun burn on the face.  I fished with my hut 1/2 open all day, too nice to have it flip closed.  To answer your above question about lake depth:  This lake is a quick drop off to 32-35 FOW all along the East side and more qradual on the West side, shallow both ends.   There is a 40 ' hole just South of the Golf Course on the West side.  No structure on the bottom.  The complete lake is a mud bottom flat and the perch feed on blood worms burrowed in the mud.  Bigger perch hang out in the deep water as I found today in 32 FOW.  Good luck if you go again.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 25, 2018, 06:12 AM
i fished friday and had no problem getting a limit of perch
most that i kept were 8.5 -10 inches
did mix some in in 11 range
went back sat till 10;30 and kept 21 more around same size
char tungsten jig and spikes for me
friday afternoon was crazy i had 5 feet of fish on my vex and when my jig got 10 feet from bottom they would come up to meet it
also caught a s//t ton of small crappie
as perch chaser said today and tomorrow should be ok but after that i think ice is leaving
just an opinion
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Frankie Bags on Mar 25, 2018, 10:43 AM
(https://s9.postimg.cc/fk6pyfo0r/Silver_Lake_Perch_3-24-18.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/fk6pyfo0r/)
Great catch. I'm definitely ready for a warm up but it's nice to be able to get on some ice in the mean time. I thought it was over a month ago...boy was I wrong.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 25, 2018, 08:38 PM
took a run to lake about 4 was out of there by 6 with 26 nice perch ,could of probably limited out if i stayed.. screen was full bottom 5 feet with fish and they wernt shy
tungsten jig with either mousies or spikes worked for me
didnt want to clean anymore than that bunch today,had agreat weekend there but alot of fileting!!!!!!!!!
may stop on way home from work tomorrow
good luck stay safe top was getting soft where i was today
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 25, 2018, 08:47 PM
Good job got any good pic's?

The "Spring Perch Bite" ain't it great??  I live for it but the last few years I had withdrawals.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Mar 26, 2018, 01:30 AM
been great fishing it past 3 weekends. just cant believe not many has really been on it. this past wknd  had a crowd though. ice has been in great shape. lotta perch, big gills and chasin' crappies. got quite a bit of fillets in freezer just from this month.  lotta people missed out on some good ice fishing...... oh well   :roflmao:   I did get a nice sunburn on Saturday  ;D  ...hoping the weather wont kill it by next wknd. main sheet should hold but access may be difficult.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 26, 2018, 05:01 PM
i have pics on my phone ,but no idea how to get them on here
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 26, 2018, 05:35 PM
i have pics on my phone ,but no idea how to get them on here
Download the pic's from your phone to your computer in My PC and in any folder that you store your pic's in or make a folder named pictures.  Once you have them in your computer it is simple.  Go and make your post on Ice Shanty as you usually do and and when you want to add a pic go to the bottom of the post window click on "add image to post" when the post image window opens click on add images and the MY PC menu
 in your computer will open.  Scroll to the folder where your pic's are and click on the picture you want to add and then click on open at the bottom of the window.  Picture now added to the post.    Did you get out today?  I am coming to Silver tomorrow.  Good luck

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 26, 2018, 06:35 PM
lol ok....now i gotta figure out how to get pictures from phone to computer!! guess thats first step !
didnt make it to lake today ,worked late
buddie of mine went today said he marked tons of fish but not many takers 
im planning on wed now after work,weather not looking to warm till thur with rain
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 26, 2018, 07:05 PM

(https://s7.postimg.cc/h577ckyiv/IMG_20180325_175945597_HDR.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/h577ckyiv/)
this is a trial run perch chaser hope it worked,my wife is trying to train me ,haha
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 26, 2018, 09:45 PM
You got it now.  I'll post when I get home Tues night.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 27, 2018, 04:23 PM
Went out of Perry Public Beach today Tues, was 34 degrees when we arrived at the lake at 7:30 am and 37 degrees when we left. 
Shore ice was still good to the shore and main ice was still 10" thick (5'' of blk with 5" of wht)  but snow on top was spotty. 
Fished 32 FOW only kept 20 perch 8-9" between me and my brother, a little smaller then Sat. 
The bite was finicky, had only a  few marks of fish under us most of the morning but a solid 3' of fish under us in the afternoon but not many takers.  Must have been the cold front and rain. 
Rained from 11 - 4pm but did not hurt the ice, only a few puddles. 
Three vehicles also at Standpipe Rd and guys out on the ice. 

Good luck and stay safe if you go.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 27, 2018, 06:54 PM
thanks for report perch chaser im hoping to get done working early tomorrow and go out in afternoon ill report if i do ,maybe even post another pic if i can get them 
haha
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 28, 2018, 07:15 PM
well went off standpipe one last time tonight
got there about 4 no one else there
shore ice was broke up but i got on with my knee boots
got out to holes ive been doing good ,didnt mark nearly the fish i have been
kept 10 decent perch threw back a couple along with small crappie
thats it for me... ice real soft
sitting on pail i could rub my boot into ice with ease
so that puts my 2017-18 ice season to rest,but it was one of the best i ever had
time for open water!!!!!!!!!!!`
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 28, 2018, 09:02 PM
well went off standpipe one last time tonight
got there about 4 no one else there
shore ice was broke up but i got on with my knee boots
got out to holes ive been doing good ,didnt mark nearly the fish i have been
kept 10 decent perch threw back a couple along with small crappie
thats it for me... ice real soft
sitting on pail i could rub my boot into ice with ease
so that puts my 2017-18 ice season to rest,but it was one of the best i ever had
time for open water!!!!!!!!!!!`
You didn't happen to look at the shore ice at the Perry Public Beach did ya?  I carry a 2X10 10ft long this time of the year, would that span the open shore water you had to wade through today?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 29, 2018, 04:14 AM
yea it would where i was at ,it was only two or 3 steps in broken ice to get on to get on ice,if ya go ,good luck like i said its getting soft 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 29, 2018, 02:47 PM
Thanks for info.  Can't get out til Sat so I'll take a drive with my partner and see what it looks like then. 
The South end has opened up quit a bet and with the ice not locked to the shore anymore their is a chance the main ice sheet may drift to the South and open the North and East shore more. 
Definitely with a North or East wind the main ice will move away from the East shore with the South end open.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 29, 2018, 08:06 PM
dont look good pc been pouring here not far from lake
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 29, 2018, 10:47 PM
dont look good pc been pouring here not far from lake
If your not far from the lake maybe you can swing by after work on Friday and check Perry Public Beach and Standpipe shore ice and post.  Let us know if a plank would work.  No sense driving 35 miles one way on Sat if shore ice is really shot.  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 30, 2018, 05:24 PM
sorry PC i just got home and seen your post,didnt go by lake today to get a look at it
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 30, 2018, 11:46 PM
sorry PC i just got home and seen your post,didnt go by lake today to get a look at it
Found out today that a buddy of mine went out of Perry Public Beach Thurs late morning through mid afternoon and told me he step right on to the ice and the main ice was still good about 8" but getting soft on top 2".  He kept 15 perch.  I'm going in the morning and will post when I get home if I get out or not.  Hope to fish all day.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 31, 2018, 09:39 AM
Went to Northeast side this morning.  Standpipe Rd has 6' of open water at the shore not accessible.  Perry Public Beach has 2' of open water at the shore.  Laid a 10' plank across to the ice and the 1st 3' of ice the bar went through with 2 hits.  Main ice does look good but getting to it for me was unsafe.  By the end of the day the shore ice may have been so bad even with the plank I may not have been able to get off.  Pulled the plank and went home.  40 years ago I would have taken the chance.  Over all it was a good year for perch on Silver.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: ice4066 on Mar 31, 2018, 01:27 PM
yep PC was a good year,and your right 40 years ago i probably would of went out also,but its gonna go and can get boats out
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 31, 2018, 08:51 PM
Sad to see it go.

Talk to all you guys next Winter and have a safe off season.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: silverfox261 on Apr 05, 2018, 03:43 PM
does anyone know if the ice is off the lake yet?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: sawdust on Apr 06, 2018, 06:26 AM
North and south end are clear. Ice from around red garage to just south of the country club as of 4/5.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Dec 12, 2018, 02:22 PM
Just received my perch bait today, Mousees and white / pink Spikes.  I am ready but the lake is not.  Maybe after X-mas or before New Years.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Dec 12, 2018, 08:58 PM
Mine are on the way too. Speedyworm spikes. Canít wait for ice! Gear has been ready for weeks.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: FishinDude0901 on Dec 13, 2018, 05:55 AM
What's the status of the lake at the moment?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Dec 13, 2018, 07:58 PM
Wide open
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Dec 14, 2018, 08:53 PM
Wide open
Second that.  It had a light skim on the South end and along the shoreline a week or so back but that didn't last.  The water is the right temp to make ice if the freezing temps get here and stay in the teens for a week.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Jan 14, 2019, 01:17 PM
Is the "Hole in the Wall" restaurant a decent place to go after being out on the ice with the kids?  I can't tell from the website if it is a true hole in the wall gin mill or if it's a fancy place on the lake.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Jan 14, 2019, 01:44 PM
Mack's is the place to go.

I do enjoy a tube steak....
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: MattM on Jan 14, 2019, 03:30 PM
I second macks!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: wnybassman on Jan 14, 2019, 05:14 PM
As far as I know Mack's is still not open yet.    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong though.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: waltman on Jan 14, 2019, 05:22 PM
tried to call mac's today phone not in service
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: buckskinner14530 on Jan 14, 2019, 06:45 PM
macks is still closed. would eat at little restaurant in town perry  just past napa good food good price. kid friendly too.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Scooby31 on Jan 14, 2019, 07:40 PM
I think Mackís is closed down permanently.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Jan 14, 2019, 07:45 PM
I don't feel too bad hijacking this thread for food as there isn't much ice activity yet.  Back to the Hole in the wall - is it worth a visit?

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Scooby31 on Jan 14, 2019, 07:52 PM
Food is good. They do have wood fire pizzas, burgers,wings. But itís is a fine dinning restaurant.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Riddlefiddle on Jan 14, 2019, 09:09 PM
I didn't know that Max's was closed.😟
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: waltman on Jan 14, 2019, 10:06 PM
remodeling 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Bowhunter79 on Jan 14, 2019, 10:10 PM
used to fish silver years ago with my dad, we always did really well with the pike there.. I have heard from several people that the fish numbers are way down and the fishing isn't what it used to be. true or false?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mpsilverlake on Jan 15, 2019, 03:55 AM
Iím on this lake all year and yes the fishing for me anyhow has slowed way down. I am by far no expert though. This summer the hits and size of perch and bluegill were getting better. (Hand fillers). Fingers crossed for a better year. Still going after the elusive walleye. Marked a few on the east side north of Mackís but couldnít get a strike. Anxious to try through the ice.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Jan 15, 2019, 04:02 AM
Is the "Hole in the Wall" restaurant a decent place to go after being out on the ice with the kids?  I can't tell from the website if it is a true hole in the wall gin mill or if it's a fancy place on the lake.
If Mack's is still closed "the Hole" would have been my go to.  They've positioned themselves from being a great local diner to a fine dining type restaurant but the food is good, the staff is nice, and it's close.   The Lumber Yard is an option as well but also fine dining style.  Darryl's is close for pizza, wings, subs.  I never cared for the place by NAPA for a variety of reasons but opinions vary.  If by chance you're headed west, Laurie's in Warsaw will make everyone smile.   There is also Pizza Depot in Silver Springs and Al's Pizza in Castile both a couple minutes from the state launch.  I can recommend their food.  Mack's had a flood a few months ago and was struggling to get back in operation.  They were still closed my last trip by at the end of deer season.  Haven't seen anything on their FB page either.  May have lost the battle?? Didn't realize how often I stopped by there till they were closed..........:(
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: tjsomerv on Jan 15, 2019, 06:33 AM
Since its closed is parking in that area still allowed? I have not been to silver in 4-5 years and have heard parking at the state lot has changed. What is the updated parking situation for the south end?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: jimo1982 on Jan 15, 2019, 11:09 AM
Any one know
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 15, 2019, 05:11 PM
Since its closed is parking in that area still allowed? I have not been to silver in 4-5 years and have heard parking at the state lot has changed. What is the updated parking situation for the south end?

The only thing that has changed at the state lot is it costs $5 now year round. They have a pay machine and they do check. Still a great deal for a nice plowed lot and a clean, heated bathroom!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Jan 15, 2019, 05:29 PM
You can park at state launch but they charge a fee. There is a machine to use and get a receipt. They do come and check
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: wildlifer100 on Jan 15, 2019, 08:06 PM
You can park there with an empire pass.   
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mpsilverlake on Jan 16, 2019, 07:00 AM
If you park there with your empire pass make sure to get the parking pass too. If you go to the visitor center at Letchworth with your empire pass they will write of a parking pass for you dashboard. This is supposed to be good at all the state launches and you wonít have to worry about coming back to a ticket. This is if you get there before the attendant is posted. I asked about just leaving the pass on the dash and they said that should be kept on you. They will ticket as others stated.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: tjsomerv on Jan 16, 2019, 08:40 AM
OK thanks all for the clarification. Hoping to hit the ice Friday afternoon before the storm
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Jan 16, 2019, 08:49 AM
If you park there with your empire pass make sure to get the parking pass too. If you go to the visitor center at Letchworth with your empire pass they will write of a parking pass for you dashboard. This is supposed to be good at all the state launches and you wonít have to worry about coming back to a ticket. This is if you get there before the attendant is posted. I asked about just leaving the pass on the dash and they said that should be kept on you. They will ticket as others stated.
I've been told to leave the card on the dash..........depends on who's looking I guess.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 17, 2019, 05:46 PM
It`s ridiculous if you have to pay a fee to get on Silver lake. Allegheny state park has no fees now at all. With the taxes we pay it should be free.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dukhnter8 on Jan 17, 2019, 05:54 PM
Yeah it's just silver lake that you have to pay, Honeoye is free right now. I guess it's cause at silver the maybe to pay for the heated bathroom.  Not that our fees go towards the launches.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dabills on Jan 17, 2019, 07:22 PM
I'd pay $5 at Honeoye if they heated/cleaned/updated that nasty ass bathroom lol
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: bobber5320 on Jan 17, 2019, 08:15 PM
Letchworth state park does not charge to get into the Main park through castle entrance. You have trails to walk, cross country. Skiing, snowmobile , and tubing with heated bathroom's.  Now where do they get off charging. Icefishing and you can't launch your snowmobile, or atv
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: jc79 on Jan 17, 2019, 08:22 PM
I was putting money in the machine and a Park Police pulled Up it was a nice lady said you do not have to pay you don't have to pay at letch State Park either that was yesterday
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 19, 2019, 05:18 PM
Standpipe, today Sat. had 6" of clear hard ice.  Bite was slow only kept a doz 8-9" perch.  Walked toward the Golf Course and Perry Beach cutting holes all the way, ice remained at 6".   4" of snow at 3 pm when I left made the drag a little tough, will need the Smitty next time.  A lot of fishermen on the South end when I drove by at 8 am
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mpsilverlake on Jan 22, 2019, 06:48 AM
At the south end and not sure what to do. There is a layer of slush ice spud went right through and scared the crap out of me. Drilled a few holes and the proper ice seems very inconsistent. Not experienced enough to know if this is dangerous. Iím the only one here. If anyone else knows what they are doing let me know. Lol. Going to check conesus
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 22, 2019, 10:16 AM
Don`t take chances by yourself! It will be thicker soon enough. Sure guys will be there this weekend.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mikep333 on Jan 23, 2019, 01:59 PM
how thick was the ice today ?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: sbuffaloice on Jan 26, 2019, 06:03 PM
Rule of thumb.. If there's nobody on and it's a weekend, ice is no good
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 26, 2019, 08:27 PM
Silver did not get the snow Friday nite like the snow belt did.  1-2" of  snow on the lake.  Ice is 8" thick and solid no snow ice.  Shore is a little wet from when the lake rose from the rain mid week past and the ice broke away from the shore.  Bite was on and off all day, mid lake, caught 40 kept 26  8-9" perch with a few 10"s mixed in.   Made more ice today.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 27, 2019, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the report Perch chaser. Looks like 2 1/2 days this week won`t get over 10 degrees. All the WNY lakes should be safe going forward.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 28, 2019, 07:37 PM
Does anyone know if Higgins self-serve bait on W. Lake road has shiners? I might head out there this weekend and want to know if I should buy bait before making hour drive. Thanks.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Iceyvein on Jan 28, 2019, 07:53 PM
Does anyone know if Higgins self-serve bait on W. Lake road has shiners? I might head out there this weekend and want to know if I should buy bait before making hour drive. Thanks.
Yes. I stopped this morning. Shiners, fatheads and suckers
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 28, 2019, 08:38 PM
Great, thanks!
Title: silver lake
Post by: beers51 on Jan 29, 2019, 09:01 AM
has anyone been ice fishing on silver lake (Wyoming county) ny?  thanks, bill
Title: Re: silver lake
Post by: Lucky13 on Jan 29, 2019, 09:46 AM
has anyone been ice fishing on silver lake (Wyoming county) ny?  thanks, bill

Now that you have posted once you can access the reports and conditions page and look for the Silver Lake post.
Title: Re: silver lake
Post by: awolf on Jan 29, 2019, 09:55 AM
Looks like a few out there right now:

http://silverlakeassociation-wny.org/lake-cam/
Title: Re: silver lake
Post by: perch chacer on Jan 30, 2019, 11:52 AM
Now that you have posted once you can access the reports and conditions page and look for the Silver Lake post.
Beers51, 3 posts are required to access the NY Fishing and Conditions page.  As for fishing on Silver Lake, look through the above posts, I've been on the ice the last 2 weeks.  Ice last Sat was 8" thick.  Perch bite so, so.  Gills not bad on the South end.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: shiloh on Jan 31, 2019, 09:13 AM
I thought that I had read a post yesterday on a scheduled pike tournament on 10 February but now I can't locate that post. If anyone has information on this event, I would appreciate the particulars. Thanks.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dave_p. on Jan 31, 2019, 04:08 PM
I saw that to not sure what thread it was on though?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: eyetalian stallion on Jan 31, 2019, 04:44 PM
are 4 wheelers allowed on silver lake? if so where can you gain entry?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: awolf on Jan 31, 2019, 06:54 PM
Is the bait shop in Castile at the Sunoco still operating?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: TNT5859 on Jan 31, 2019, 07:05 PM
Is the bait shop in Castile at the Sunoco still operating?

No it is not.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Iceyvein on Jan 31, 2019, 07:59 PM
Is the bait shop in Castile at the Sunoco still operating?

I talked to him the other day, he says his supplier retired and not sure when he'll be doing bait again. The guy on w. Lake Rd is great.... Self serve stand with various sizes of bait fish as well as grubs and some tackle.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 31, 2019, 08:32 PM
I talked to him the other day, he says his supplier retired and not sure when he'll be doing bait again. The guy on w. Lake Rd is great.... Self serve stand with various sizes of bait fish as well as grubs and some tackle.

Does he have something to take that shows bait is certified ? In case of DEC.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Iceyvein on Jan 31, 2019, 09:15 PM
Does he have something to take that shows bait is certified ? In case of DEC.
Yes. He has receipts with his cert. on them.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Jan 31, 2019, 09:51 PM
Thanks. Planning to head there tomorrow.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: awolf on Feb 01, 2019, 08:48 AM
Thanks for the info guys.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 01, 2019, 12:39 PM
I thought that I had read a post yesterday on a scheduled pike tournament on 10 February but now I can't locate that post. If anyone has information on this event, I would appreciate the particulars. Thanks.
I would call the Varysbury Hotel and ask them if they are the one having the Pike Tournament.  They have one each year in Feb.  Good luck on your search.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: AON09 on Feb 01, 2019, 04:28 PM
Does anyone know the hours for the bait shop on W Lake Rd? Thank you!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: wnybassman on Feb 01, 2019, 05:44 PM
I thought that I had read a post yesterday on a scheduled pike tournament on 10 February but now I can't locate that post. If anyone has information on this event, I would appreciate the particulars. Thanks.

Look up "Wny Ice Fishing Report" on Facebook
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Scooby31 on Feb 01, 2019, 05:54 PM
24-7 the bait shop is open
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: AON09 on Feb 01, 2019, 07:12 PM
24-7 the bait shop is open
thank you, I appreciate it!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 01, 2019, 08:22 PM
Stopped and bought some bait at the self-serve baitshop today and talked with the owner. Heís been ripped off twice this week including once today. A few cheap losers are going to ruin it for the rest of us.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Doubles Shooter on Feb 02, 2019, 07:10 AM
Stopped and bought some bait at the self-serve baitshop today and talked with the owner. Heís been ripped off twice this week including once today. A few cheap losers are going to ruin it for the rest of us.
This is BS. He needs to set up a camera and post the pictures of these A-holes all over the net. What a bunch of low lifes. He's the only game in town. Maybe if these people are publicly shamed, it will slow down. I don't have enough contempt for these jerks that steal.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: mpsilverlake on Feb 02, 2019, 03:56 PM
Heís got a picture up of The guys truck that ripped him off. Can we post those pictures here?  So that we can help Higgins with this stuff?  I have been throwing in a few extra bucks each time to help him offset that nonsense. I figure heís saving me 20 or 30 bucks in gas not having to drive to conesus. Got to go first bite!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 02, 2019, 11:29 PM
Fished out of Perry Public Beach from 8:00 to 1:00,  10" of solid clear ice, no snow ice.  Patchy snow on top, very easy drag.  Fished 35 FOW, bite was slow, only caught a few 8"-9" perch.  Moved to State Launch at South end at 1 pm.  Two of us caught over 40 perch in the afternoon, left the lake at 5:30 with (30) 8"-9" perch.  Ice was the same as North end.  There was a Rescue Team practicing ice rescue just to the left of the State Launch.  They had cut out large sections of ice to get to clear water.  When they left they did leave a few caution cones around the holes, but a machine moving quickly could drop into the open water, use caution in this area.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Rynofirefighter on Feb 09, 2019, 05:40 PM
Any ice reports? You one out today?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 09, 2019, 05:57 PM
There were quite a few guys out on the lake today, any one want to give an ice report along with shore ice status? You don't have to give a fish report.  I am there every weekend and give an ice and fish report when I get home, so others may use the info., how about you guys this time.  Did not make it today but will report tomorrow nite.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Jakemanges123 on Feb 09, 2019, 07:23 PM
I wasnít out today by plan to get out there tommorow. Can post a report tommorow!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 09, 2019, 07:37 PM
Ice 8-10 clear off perry beach where I was today.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 10, 2019, 08:07 PM
Went out of State Launch at 8:30 am and shore ice was OK to get on.  You could see where the shore ice had melted away and reformed out about 6-10 ft .  Did not cut a hole through the new ice but you could see it was not as thick as the main ice sheet.  3 solid wacks with the spud did not go through.  Main ice was 8" but you could see a lot of vertical streaks or lines going from the top surface to the under water surface.  This main ice sheet must have started to "Candle" (honeycomb) during the warm spell and rain last week.  The latest cold temps have refroze the ice surface and it is hard at this time but loaded with vertical streaks and cracks in all directions.  There were a lot of pike fishermen out on the South end in the AM.  Perch bite was OK for me in the AM but better just before dark.  Very little snow on the ice.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: catfisher on Feb 16, 2019, 10:37 AM
Planning to go out of Perry beach tomorrow. Never used this access before. How is the parking and how long of a walk to get to fishing grounds?
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: hwfoa on Feb 16, 2019, 05:31 PM
Not a ton of parking generally just on the side of the road ,about a 50 yard walk to lake
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: hard4ice on Feb 16, 2019, 05:45 PM
Donít forget the big hill....
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 16, 2019, 08:14 PM
The parking at Perry Beach they don't plow very good if there is a lot of snow, and ya the hill is a brute, steep 45* at the lake and then about 15* for 50+ yds. to the road.  I fished Perry Public Beach from 8:00 to 5:00 today, 20 yds of shore ice was a little slushy with crust on top, but safe.  Main ice was 10" black ice with inch or two of white snow ice on top.  Patchy snow on lake, very easy drag.  Fished 33 FOW, perch bite was ok until noon then very slow after that.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 16, 2019, 10:46 PM
Plenty of room at in the perry beach parking lot. Room for maybe 12-15 vehicles. Yeah, the hill can be rough. Especially if no snow on the grass.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: catfisher on Feb 18, 2019, 11:07 AM
 Thanks for that hill info. Saved my beat up old a$$. Went to west side golf club, much easier.  Could see that hill on other side. No likey. Fished noon till 5:00 in 35 ft. Partner got 20 perch, kept 6. I used slip bobber, kept icing up, no shelter. Got zero. LOST ONE ANTIQUE LOOKING CREEPER WITH BLACK STRAPS HERE. PLEASE PM IF FOUND   THANKS
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Feb 20, 2019, 07:47 PM
Looks like big landscaping and facility changes are coming to the perry town beach. Project in the works to refurbish the whole thing. Construction estimated to start in the spring. Maybe itíll mean easier access to that spot for the 2019/2020 season.

https://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/perry-public-beach-dreams-will-become-reality-in-2019-20181221&template=mbdn
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Feb 21, 2019, 03:39 AM
Looks like big landscaping and facility changes are coming to the perry town beach. Project in the works to refurbish the whole thing. Construction estimated to start in the spring. Maybe itíll mean easier access to that spot for the 2019/2020 season.

https://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/perry-public-beach-dreams-will-become-reality-in-2019-20181221&template=mbdn
It won't.  The side street will be a dead end at the "drop off" which is intended for canoe/kayak use.  If you can drop your ice gear off there, you'd then have to drive around to the parking lot.  the parking lot will be another 50 yards up the hill.  I commented on this when it was first published.  No consideration had been given to ice fishing access at that point and I'd doubt anything has changed.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 21, 2019, 08:47 PM
 I fished South of the Silver Lake Country (golf club) today at the top of the deep water trench in 34 FOW from 8:00 to 6:00 pm and caught a few 8-10" perch.  Fish were under me all day but only hit on and off, see graph pic below.  I entered the lake from the East side and walked across the lake.   Shore ice was good and main ice was 10" with about 2" of snow on top.  The depth on my electronics was changing from 34.4'  to 35.1' that is a .7'( 6") change.  You wouldn't believe it but the strong wind today was causing the ice to move up and down like a wave similar to a wave on open water.  It is more noticeable on larger lakes but does happen on smaller lakes also.  There was a beautiful sunset.

(https://i.postimg.cc/CzH3RBhC/Fish-on-bottom.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CzH3RBhC)    (https://i.postimg.cc/dhNSCGzC/Sunset-Silver-Lake.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dhNSCGzC)
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 23, 2019, 08:27 PM
Fished out of Perry Public Beach to the South from 8:00 to 3:00, shore ice was packed snow cover, not a problem getting on.  Main ice was 10" black ice with inch or two of white on top.  Main ice was mainly snow covered with 1-2" of packed snow, easy drag.  Fished 34 FOW, perch bite was slow all day.  Fish were finicky and required a constant jig movement.  Two of us kept (20) 8-1/2" - 10" perch.  Lot of fishermen out today from the mid lake area to the far North end.  ECNO officers were out and checking.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: iceman_phil on Feb 26, 2019, 11:14 AM
Has the Bluegill fishing made any sort of comeback at the South End?  Used to be good a few years ago, but went downhill the last couple of years due to lack of weeds.....Not looking for anyone's secrets, just a general report to know if it is worth trying it again this year....

Thanks,

Phil
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: pikemaster0607 on Feb 26, 2019, 11:27 AM
They have been doing well on blue gill and perch down on the south end near the cattails
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Feb 27, 2019, 09:18 AM
Has the Bluegill fishing made any sort of comeback at the South End?  Used to be good a few years ago, but went downhill the last couple of years due to lack of weeds.....Not looking for anyone's secrets, just a general report to know if it is worth trying it again this year....
Thanks,
Phil
For perch go out deeper in 20 FOW at South end.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 02, 2019, 08:53 PM
I guess no one wants to post on this site anymore.  Well I will and this report is for the guys who can not access the reports page yet.

Went out of the Silver Lake Golf Club today.  Shore ice was good no slush and there was 12" of clear ice under 4" of snow on top of the lake.  My Smitty was a help.  I saw guys pull their flat bottom huts out on the lake and had a hard go of it.  Cut holes at 4 different areas on the West side to the middle of the lake.  There were fish at each location shown on my graph but tight lipped, I was only able to catch a few good perch.  The old Silver Lady cut me down a notch or two today, damn humble pie doesn't taste good.   When I left at 6 pm there was a new inch of snow added to the lake and it was still snowing.

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: dave_p. on Mar 02, 2019, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the report might try next wknd. Never did good there on perch. Once on sunfish was good. Perch on camera a few times just not active not sure why. Definitely not like Chautauqua. Always get something there.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Mar 03, 2019, 06:45 PM
This afternoon there was a ton of activity, bordering on clutter, about half a foot off of the bottom up to about 5 feet off of the bottom.  Did anyone with a camera get any images of what was down there?  I was able to jig out a couple of perch but I also had some extremely light bites like what I would expect off of smelt or shiner in the harbor - though I don't expect either one of those as the culprit here.  Just a wonderin'.

Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Scooby31 on Mar 03, 2019, 06:54 PM
Those are crappie I canít get away from them this year on silver I have caught probably 150. Only two keepers. Everyone is about 8 to 8.5 inches long.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Mar 03, 2019, 07:33 PM
Those are crappie I canít get away from them this year on silver I have caught probably 150. Only two keepers. Everyone is about 8 to 8.5 inches long.

If you don't mind...what were you using on them?  I threw just about the entire tacklebox at them and no joy.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Scooby31 on Mar 03, 2019, 08:19 PM
Hali jig tipped with red spikes half of them wonít bite but stop just above the school and slowly jig up a foot or two you will see one come out of the pack and take it. Like I said though none of them are keepers I sure wish I knew the answer to that. 
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 03, 2019, 09:23 PM
This afternoon there was a ton of activity, bordering on clutter, about half a foot off of the bottom up to about 5 feet off of the bottom.  Did anyone with a camera get any images of what was down there?
I was there Sat and saw the same activity on my graph near the bottom and 5 ft wide at times.  I did catch about a 1/2 doz of these culprits, they were 2-1/2"- 3" perch, see photo and some were smaller.  They were biting so light most of the time I missed.  I think the only reason I caught some was, I was using a 1/32 oz micro jig tipped with mousees.  I have also caught quit a few of the short crappies this year but they hit harder like a good size perch.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/6T725CDh/micro-perch.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/6T725CDh)
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: BlueSnow on Mar 04, 2019, 06:16 AM
When I would get light hits I typically had a small glow perch jig tipped with spikes about 6-18" over the swarm, but never set the hook on them.  The few 6-7" perch that I got were with a perch jigging rap so that makes some sense.

Maybe those calico were feeding on the perch?  It was a weird and slow weekend!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 10, 2019, 12:28 AM
Fished Sat on the North end in 34 FOW from 8 am-6 pm moved 6 times staying deep.  3 locations showed allot of fish on the bottom, but bite was far and few between only caught 22 perch between 2 of us and only kept (13) 8"-10".  NE and E wind did not help.   As the old timers say " When the wind is in the East the fish bite the least".  Main ice was 12" now and shore ice was solid.   Lake is snow covered with 4" of packed snow but your boots break through makng it difficult to walk and pull your flat bottom sleds.  I used my Smitty and the pull was easy.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: Kendog on Mar 10, 2019, 01:56 PM
With this harsh wind/thaw/runoff, does anyone know how it will impact the water clarity throughout the lake system (north vs south end)? Thank you.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: IceFever74 on Mar 10, 2019, 07:53 PM
Fished the south end Saturday from 7am to 7pm. Steady perch action pretty much all day with some slow times mixed in. Ended up with 23 keepers and many throw backs. Had a nice pike grab my puppet minnow. Lost it because the darn rear hook broke! Also lost a monster largemouth right at the hole. Got into a few nice gills right before dark. Had the put the work in and hole hop to keep them interested. Walking was brutal with the crusty snow. Great day to be out!
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 10, 2019, 09:00 PM
With this harsh wind/thaw/runoff, does anyone know how it will impact the water clarity throughout the lake system (north vs south end)? Thank you.
There are creeks on the West side at the State Launch, Buffalo Point, Silver Grove, Golf Club.  The main inlet is on the North end as well as the outlet.  On the East side there are only a few drainage areas and culverts.  All water runs Northeast to the outlet.  Sight fishing in the shallows maybe difficult but the deep water perch fishing probably won't be effected.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 13, 2019, 09:22 PM
For fishermen who don't have fishing report access.  Fished two locations today. 8am-1pm out of Perry Beach.   Access across the lawn is getting bare and hard to drag, try not to wreck the lawn.  Shore ice still had snow cover.  Main ice was 15" measured.  Perch bite in deep water was slow again today.  2pm-6pm fished 31 FOW off Traber road.  Shore ice had no snow cover, but was able to step right on.  Main ice again was 15" and when I left the ice surface was completely wet and some puddles were forming all across the lake.  Top inch of ice was degrading.  Perch bite again was slow but kept a few nice ones, left with 20 perch.  No matter where you go the perch bite is the same.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Mar 15, 2019, 11:42 PM
From the SLA website......
A communication from Perry Public Works. Please pass this on to all ice fisherman (and women!).
Hi, Mark Hope all is well with you, Just Checking in to give you an update on what's happening With the lake. Due to the pleasant temperatures we have had the last few days, a lot of the snow has melted. I anticipated that and I opened the gate before hand and we are okay but my concern is for the ice fisherman. The gate is open full and I may have to keep it that way for the weekend. Please inform any fishermen that you may know of about this because moving water along with our temperature will thaw the ice faster. I will be monitoring the lake level closely.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 16, 2019, 07:07 PM
This post is for fishermen that can not access the "Fishing Reports and Conditions Page".  Fished off Perry Beach today from 8am-4pm.  Shore ice was broken and melted away about a foot so someone had used a 8' plank to get on and we used it also and had no problems once out 4 feet.  Main ice was 10" today but was 15" on Wed 3/13.  Top couple inches of ice is soft and cuts into small chunks not shavings.  Bite was slow again today.   See below pics for Perry Beach shore - plank req'd; Standpipe Rd shore - left side of gray house, shore not open yet; Right side of gray house, plank req'd and State Launch shore - plank req'd.  Open each pic and the name is in the tab at top  or the pics are in order as stated in my post.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9RGJBTvB/Perry-Beach-access.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9RGJBTvB) (https://i.postimg.cc/sv1HkBS3/Standpipe-Rd-left-access.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sv1HkBS3) (https://i.postimg.cc/w340Q6rZ/Standpipe-Rd-right-access.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/w340Q6rZ) (https://i.postimg.cc/G8hxvNxb/State-Launch-access.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/G8hxvNxb)
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: perch chacer on Mar 17, 2019, 01:06 PM
From the SLA website......
A communication from Perry Public Works. Please pass this on to all ice fisherman (and women!).
Hi, Mark Hope all is well with you, Just Checking in to give you an update on what's happening With the lake. Due to the pleasant temperatures we have had the last few days, a lot of the snow has melted. I anticipated that and I opened the gate before hand and we are okay but my concern is for the ice fisherman. The gate is open full and I may have to keep it that way for the weekend. Please inform any fishermen that you may know of about this because moving water along with our temperature will thaw the ice faster. I will be monitoring the lake level closely.

Let us know when they close the dam gate.  As stated it will be open through the weekend.
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: SizeMatters on Mar 18, 2019, 05:13 AM
Let us know when they close the dam.  As stated it will be open through the weekend.
I have no clue.  Check with Perry Public Works.............
Title: Re: Silver lake fishing
Post by: caliking on Mar 26, 2019, 05:32 PM
We got out for one last hurrah on the south end today.. fished from 7-2 and caught a half bucket of mixed panfish in the shallows. Ice is just about done out there. 4-5 inches of weak ice filled with bubbles ready to go. Shore ice wasn't terrible coming off but got reports of shore ice being shot at the north end as of today, couple guys busted thru where the plywood was.. not very safe at this point and definitely not worth the risk for panfish that size just my opinion.. boats are on standby ready for a warmup. That's it for my season it was a good one.  :tipup: