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Lake Information

County: Adams

Acreage: 58

Shoreline Length: 3.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on SILOAM SPRINGS (AKA CRAB APPLE)

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



Bluegill were collected at a rate of 24 fish/hour during the 2019 survey. The population is composed of mainly 6-7” fish with some measuring over 7”.



We collected two Channel Catfish during the fall 2019 survey (2 fish/hour). These fish were in average body condition. Siloam Springs receives supplemental Channel Catfish stockings on a biennial schedule.



Little is known about the crappie population. Spring trap net surveys are needed to properly assess the population but have not been historically conducted due to time and manpower constraints. Both Black Crappie and White Crappie are present but the few fish that get sampled are in poor body condition. One Black Crappie measuring 7.7” was collected in 2019.



Since 2015, the Siloam Springs Largemouth Bass population has been characterized by many stunted, 9-12” bass, with a few very large individuals. The 2019 fall survey showed a catch rate of 23 bass/hr electrofishing, 50% of which fell in the 9-12” range. This survey was conducted on 9/30/2019 and the water temperature measured 77F. Warm water temperature combined with clear water (Secchi reading = 18’) yielded poor sampling efficiency. The largest bass sampled in 2019 measured 13.8” and weighed 0.33lb. Since 2015 multiple bass have been sampled ranging from 7.5 - 9.7 lbs. While these larger fish are likely still present, none were sampled in 2019.


Very Good

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.



Few Redear Sunfish were collected in 2019. Fish sampled had poor body condition. Siloam Springs is very clear and has abundant aquatic vegetation growing in more than 15 feet of water. A high percentage of aquatic vegetation cover can reduce foraging success of Largemouth Bass on Bluegill and Redear Sunfish, thereby reducing growth rates of predator and prey.

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.

Consumption Advisory: Largemouth bass, crappie species, and bluegill are under a consumption advisory for Mercury contamination. It is advised that pregnant or nursing women, women of childbearing age, and children less than 15 years old consume no more than 1 meal/month, while women beyond childbearing age and males more than 15 years old are advised to consume no more than 1 meal/week.

Additional Lake Information: There is a concrete ramp on southeast shore. 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).

Fishing Regulations:
- Two pole and line fishing only and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.
- Sport fishermen may harvest carp and suckers by bow and arrow devices, gigs or spears during May and June
- Largemouth Bass – Protected Slot Length Limit with no possession between 12 – 15”, 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit.
- Channel Catfish – 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit.
- Trout – closed spring (March 15) and fall (Oct 15) season through opening day, catch and release fly fishing permitted.

Contact Information:
Siloam Springs State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Ruebush