Silver Lake, Cowlitz County

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Species:
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Trout, Coho Salmon, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Bluegill, Brown and Yellow Bullhead Catfish.
Location:
East of Castle Rock
Directions:
Take Highway 504 east off of Interstate 5 at Castlerock and drive five miles out to the lake, on the right side (south)
of the highway.
Facilities:
Three private resorts with tackle, groceries, and campsites are located on or near the lake, two of them just off Highway 504. There’s also a Department of Fish and Wildlife boat ramp on the lake with a state park with limited tent and RV sites right accross the highway. Gas, food, tackle, and lodging are also available in Castle Rock
Rules and Regulations:
There are large populations of common carp. Grass carp have been planted in the past but it is illegal to fish for or retain grass carp. Open year around and there is a 14-inch minimum size limit on bass, check WDFG pamphlet for more detailed regulations.
Fishing Silver Lake:
A case could easily be made that Silver Lake is Washington’s best Largemouth Bass lake. Not only does it produce good numbers of bass for patient anglers, but it’s also known for its big fish, giving up bass to ten pounds. The lake is open year around, and serios bass anglers never really quit fishing it, although the bass fishing is mighty slow in the months of November through February.
This 1650-acre lake is only a few feet deep, so bass are scattered throughout the water. If you tried to fish Silver Lakes shoreline you would be at it for days, so many anglers concentrate their efforts on a few favorite spots that have produced before and are suited to their individual preferences. Whether you like to fish sub-merged rocks, docks, and floats, submerged trees, and logs, shoreline weeds and brush, lilly pads, or any other bass covering structure, you’ll find it all at Silver Lake. As one might expect, the lake is a favorite with tournament anglers, so if you want solitude in the spring and summer, fish the weekdays.
Although bass gets most of the attention and publicity here, the fishing for other warm water species can be every bit as good as bass fishing. Casting a leadhead jig with a plastic skirt or worm, or a Marabou body can produce excellent catches of crappie or just a good old nightcrawler will do the job. Perch fishing is good throughout the lake. Brown bullheads are abundant and provide good night fishing opportunities from spring into early fall.
Rainbow fishing can be good in the spring and fall with a yearly plant of 4,000 (3) pound broodstocks and 10,000 fingerlings (8-12 inchers) coming from the Goldendale Hatchery.

A nice Silver Lake Largemouth Bass:
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Silver Lake Crappie Fishing by Area:
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Silver Lake Crappie:
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