Silver Lake (Pierce County)

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Species:
Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead Catfish, Crappie, and Bluegill
Location:
Northeast of Eatonville
Directions:
Take Highway 7 south from Spanaway and watch for the Silver Lake Resort sign 3.5 miles south of Highway 702 (352nd Ave East) intersection. Turn right (west) onto the lake.
Facilities:
Access to the lake is limited to Henley’s Resort which is located on the northeast shore of the lake. The resort offers dock fishing and a boat ramp. Henley’s Silver Lake Resort has rental boats, a 250′ fishing dock, tackle, and tent and RV spaces. Food, gas, and lodging can be found five miles away in Eatonville.
Rules and Regulations:
Silver Lake is currently open from the last Saturday in April through October 31st. There is a slot limit on Largemouth Bass that is 12″-15″ must be released.
Fishing Silver Lake:
If it’s true that variety is the spice of life, Silver Lake is a mighty spicy place. From the time it opens to fishing in late April until the day it closes at the end of October, there’s always something to fish for and catch fron this 138-acre south Pierce County gem.

Silver is one of few western Washington lakes that offers three species of trout, many of them raised and released by resort owner George Henley in the large net pen at the resort. Rainbow, brown and brook trout inhabit the lake, and depending how and where you fish, you might catch all three as part of the 5 fish daily limit. Troll Flatfish, Kwikfish, Dick Nites, Triple Teazers, or blades and worm combinations throughout the lake for all three, or stillfish Power Bait or worms off the resort dock, which may be the longest fresh water fishing dock in the Northwest. To target brook trout, troll or cast small spoons and spinners next to shore, or catch them by casting your favorite wet or dry-fly patterns in the shallows. Anglers in search of larger brown trout, some of which grow to be trophy sized proportions during several years in the lake, should troll with large, minnow-imitating plugs or wobbling spoons.

Silver Lake is one of Pierce County’s best largemouth bass lakes, producing more than it’s share of five to seven pond bass. They’ll take surface plugs, buzzbaits, and other top-water goodies at first and last lite. During the day, you’ll find places to fish all your favorite things, whether they be plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or something else. A slot limit protects bass between 12 and 15 inches long.

The panfish possibilities are awesome, as you can see by some of the pictures provided. The like is rich and full of nutrients, and the fish strive for size in this wonderful lake. Worms, worms, and more worms is the key to your panfish angling.

Good Luck and Tight Lines!

Derek with a couple of nice Largemouth Bass

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Nice stringer of Crappie from Silver Lake!

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Here is the link to Henley’s Silver Lake Resort:
http://henleysilverlakeresort.com/

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