SILOAM SPRINGS (AKA CRAB APPLE)
Shoreline Length: 3.9 miles
Boat Fishing? No motors
Boat Ramps? Yes
Boat Rental? Yes
Trout stocked in fall
Trout stocked in spring
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary ( Full PDF Report )
The bluegill population is dominated by 3-5” fish, but 24% of the adults sampled in 2015 were over 6”. Bluegill should provide a good fishery in 2016.
The channel catfish population is fair and maintained by annual stocking of 8-10” fish. 60% of our 2015 sample was comprised of 11-16”channel catfish, with 40% over 16 inches and averaging 1.5 pounds. Larger catfish are undoubtedly present, but were not captured by electrofishing. Site Regulation: Creel limit 6 per day, no length limit
Siloam Springs Lake electrofishing samples for largemouth bass have been historically variable because of the clear water. Sampling in 2015 was very efficient with the predominant size group between 8-12” and averaging 0.4 pounds. Larger bass were present however, with 5 of the bass in the 20-25” range averaging 6.8 pounds. The largest was a whopping 25” and 9.7 pounds. The largemouth bass population is excellent and should remain that way in 2016. Site Regulation: Must be less than 12” and greater than 15” total length, creel limit 6 per day
Rainbow trout are stocked with our Catchable Trout Program in the Spring and Fall. Trout reportedly can overwinter in this deep lake and provide a chance to catch larger trout in the following spring.
Redear sunfish were relatively small and sparse as they have been for some time. Most of the redear ranged from 5.5-6.5” and the largest was over 7”.
Only 8 white crappie were encountered in the 2015 sample. They were 10-12” in length except for one 16” fish that weighed 2 pounds. This small sample is not adequate for analysis of the crappie population. We anticipate a fair crappie catch in 2016 based on the results of previous years.
Location: Siloam Spring Lake is located within Siloam Springs State Park, 11 miles south of Clayton off of Route 24 or 6 miles north of Route 104 in Adams County.
Description: This impoundment is 58 acres and has a maximum depth of 43 feet and a shoreline length of 3.9 miles. Siloam Springs Lake was built in 1955 to provide fishing opportunity to patrons of Siloam Springs State Park. The lake is clear and deep in a forested setting. Row boat and canoe rentals, and boat launch are available. Bank fishing is encouraged. Camping, picnic areas, hiking trails and equestrian trails are available.
History and Status of the Sport Fishery: This impoundment was first stocked with smallmouth bass by the Division of Fisheries in 1955. Redear sunfish were added in 1956 and channel catfish in 1958. It was opened to fishing in the spring of 1958. An attempt to establish rock bass followed lake rehabilitation in 1962. Bluegill entered the lake by overflow from area ponds or angler introduction about that time and changed the fish population dynamics. In 1965 largemouth bass were stocked to provide a viable predator to control an overwhelming bluegill population. Today the sport fishery includes largemouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish. In addition, rainbow trout are stocked for the spring and fall trout seasons.
Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only for all species. There is a good concrete ramp on southeast shore. There are six fishing piers in addition to bank fishing. Boats can be powered by electric motors only. Boat and canoe rentals, a variety of bait and tackle, snack foods, soda and sandwiches are available on a seasonal basis from the concession stand by the lake (phone 217-894-6263).
Contact Information: Concessionaire 217-894-6263IDNR Fisheries County Biologist:618-468-2851