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BEAVER LAKE S.S.S.P.


Lake Information

County: Kendall

Acreage: 5

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

This species was nearly non-existent in the 2016 survey and only one bluegill was collected. No others were observed. Unless this is a sampling anomaly, the population appears to be suffering from intense predation by largemouth bass, as well as angler harvest. The collection of bluegills has been in decline since 2007 and robust numbers of fish have not been seen since the early 1990s.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

Channel catfish are present in Beaver Lake, but at lower density. Fishing Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.

CRAPPIE

Fair

Although both species of crappie are present, black crappie are presently the more common of the two. The population is comprised of smaller individuals. None were collected in the 2016 survey.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

Largemouth bass were collected at a near-record rate in 2016. Size distribution suggests stock piling of bass up to 12 inches with very few bass larger than that present. Poor body condition also suggests forage competition and associated poor growth. The absence of smaller, younger bass may indicate predation on these fish by older, larger bass. Fishing Regulation: 15” minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

Redear sunfish in excess of 10 inches have been collected in IDNR sampling while the average size caught in the 2016 survey measured 8.0” with fish up to 9.8" collected. Few were collected in the 2016 survey. Successful recruitment appears to be thwarted by predation on young fish by largemouth bass. Fish which were collected were essentially too large to be vulnerable to predation.

Location: Silver Springs is located in Kendall County, 5 miles west of Yorkville on Fox Road. Take Fox Street west off Route 47 in Yorkville to Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Description: A total of seven gravel pits are located at this state site and contain a variety of warm-water fish species, while the two largest, Beaver Lake (4.5 acres) and Big Lake, also known as Loon Lake (22.0 acres), are actively managed and will provide the most consistent action. Beaver Lake has a maximum depth of 14 feet and averages 8 feet, while Big Lake contains a maximum depth of 20 feet and averages 11.8 feet. Beaver Lake does not have a formal boat ramp but there is a small gravel access for personal watercraft launching. A concession stand located at the park provides paddle boat rental, bait, food and drinks. A one-lane concrete boat ramp on the Fox River is present as well.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: To monitor the fish population, Beaver Lake is surveyed on an as-needed basis. Aquatic vegetation is monitored annually and treated as required and fluridone has been utilized in early spring applications to arrest the growth of Eurasian milfoil and curleyleaf pondweed. These applications have generally provided control for multiple seasons. Aquatic habitat projects have included the introduction and establishment of selected emergent aquatic plants, as well as man-made structures placed in mid-water locations. Beaver Lake is stocked with catfish based on availability. No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

Additional Lake Information: Beaver Lake does not have a formal boat ramp but there is a small gravel access for personal watercraft launching. A concession stand located at the park provides paddle boat rental, bait, food and drinks. A one- lane concrete boat ramp on the Fox River is present as well.

Boaters – Electric trolling motor only.
All fish species – Two pole and line fishing only

Contact Information:
Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area
630-553-6297
IDNR Fisheries District Fish Biologist:
630-553-6680