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Lake Information

County: Madison

Acreage: 574

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 50hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

larger map link North Dam US 70

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    North, Dam, US 70

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.



Fish Status



Bluegill are abundant in the lake but most are 6 inches or less.


Very Good

Channel catfish collected in the last survey were between 22 and 27 inches with an average weight of over 5 lbs.



The crappie fishing can be good with lots of 9 to 10 inch white crappie in the lake.


Very Good

Bass in all size classes are abundant and their condition is good.


Very Good

The redear quality is very good with most over 8 inches and many over 9 inches.



Sauger have been stocked annually in the lake in recent year, and there have been several reports of good catches of quality sauger near the dam.

Location: Highland Silver Lake is located northwest of Highland on Route 143.

Description: This is a 550-acre water supply lake owned by the city of Highland. The fishery of the lake is cooperatively managed by the IDNR and the city of Highland. The shoreline of the lake includes rock, woody structure, and aquatic plants. There is one concrete boat ramp located in Silver Lake Park. There is limited shore angler access.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries routinely monitors the status of the fishery of Silver Lake. Recent stockings include supplemental largemouth bass and annual sauger.

Additional Lake Information: There is a 50 hp limit for boat motors and a city sticker is required for all boats. Boat permits can be purchased at Highland City Hall between 7:00am and 5:30pm. Swimming, wading, and waterskiing are prohibited.

Contact Information:
Highland Parks
IDNR Fisheries: (618) 931-4217