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SILOAM SPRINGS (AKA CRAB APPLE)


Lake Information

County: Adams

Acreage: 58

Shoreline Length: 3.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No motors

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.

number of rows is 6

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Improving

The bluegill population is below average, but should be better given the large number of hungry bass. The population is composed of mainly 6-7” fish with a decent number measuring between 7-8”. However, body condition is very poor. Siloam Springs is very clear and has abundant aquatic vegetation growing in more than 15 ft of water. High percent cover of aquatic vegetation can reduce foraging success of largemouth bass on bluegill and redear, thereby reducing growth rates of predator and prey. Consumption Advisory.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

Channel catfish collected during the summer 2016 survey ranged in size from 10 – 19” and up to 2 lbs. We did collect one larger individual weighing 12 lbs. Channel catfish were in less than average body condition. Siloam Springs receives supplemental channel catfish stockings on an annual basis. Given the below average body condition, supplemental stocking was changed to a biennial rate. Anglers can catch channel catfish around brushy areas, coves, and along the shoreline in the warmer months of the year using bottom fishing techniques with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers. Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Poor

Little is known about the crappie population. We collected only 3 white crappie and 2 black crappie in the fall electrofishing survey. All fish were in poor body condition. Anglers can catch crappie in the spring and fall on submerged structures and stickups with spinners, jigs and minnows. Consumption Advisory.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The Siloam Springs largemouth bass population is characterized by a large number of stunted, 9-12” bass with a few very large individuals. The 2016 fall survey showed 9-12” bass in poor body condition. However, there are some very large individuals that are making it through the bottle neck at 12” and putting on weight. The 2015 survey produced a 9.7 pound bass and the 2016 survey produced a 7.6 pound bass. The protected slot 12-14” has been implemented for many years, but angler harvest is not reducing the population below 12” enough to see an affect. This lake can be difficult to fish due to its maximum depth of 43’, steep sides, and abundant vegetation and woody cover, but it can also be very rewarding. Anglers can catch largemouth bass during the warmer months of the year around beds of aquatic vegetation, points, and deadfalls with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms. Consumption Advisory. Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit, protected slot length — no possession between 12 – 15".

RAINBOW TROUT

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.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Fair

The redear sunfish population is much like the bluegill population, but we did see higher numbers of 7-8” fish. Redear are also in poor body condition. Siloam Springs is very clear and has abundant aquatic vegetation growing in more than 15 ft of water. High percent cover of aquatic vegetation can reduce foraging success of largemouth bass on bluegill and redear, 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: 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).

Carp and suckers can be harvested by bow and arrow device, gigs or spears during May and June.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, protected slot length — no possession between 12 – 15"
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Concessionaire
217-894-6263
Nerissa, McClelland, IDNR Fisheries Biologist:
309-357-0387

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
August-128687Main Ramp (state park road) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No