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1/11/19 @ 9:39 AM
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Topside2
Topside2
USER since 1/2/19

MOON PHASE (26%)
Waxing Crescent

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

Ice in fox tail is good 12 inches. 3 flags in 1 hour landed 1 snakes.

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1/11/19 @ 8:43 AM
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Big Silver Concerns
Big Silver Concerns
USER since 1/11/19

MOON PHASE (26%)
Waxing Crescent

The public landing on Silver Lake at Hwy 21/73 is closed because the DNR issued a permit to a lake home owner for an aerator. This allows the person to leave his pier in year round.  Unknown what info he provided DNR to get this permit.  The aerator maintains open water creating a hazard to children & adults who enjoy ice skating, snowmobiling, & ice fishing. The aerator also caused open water at the public landing forcing the Marion Township to close the public landing for safety reasons.  The DNR should admit this permit was issued in error and created a hazard to the public and took away the right of public access to the lake.  DNR says to contact Marion Township about the closing when DNR issued the permit causing the water at the landing.  This is not right or fair to the public.  Maybe next year all lake owners will get a DNR aerator permit and close all the public landings.




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1/11/19 @ 6:00 AM
PoySippiFisherman
PoySippiFisherman
USER since 3/27/02

Foxtail is fine. Getting close to 12 inches. 

Not sure about the rest of the lake. North west landing is still open water and will be all year. 

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1/10/19 @ 10:30 AM
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PioneerOutdoors
PioneerOutdoors
USER since 1/15/12

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waxing Crescent

Any update on ice thickness on the lake in or in fox tail? 

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1/7/19 @ 7:03 PM
PoySippiFisherman
PoySippiFisherman
USER since 3/27/02

I was trying to be informative, not create a panic. Education of the situation helps. From there I guess everyone needs to make their own conclusions. 

I wouldn't worry about chemical treatments done 3 years ago as far as eating fish. You're more likely to be introduced to higher level of chemicals by putting your golf balls in your pocket after it rolled on the green!









Edited on 1/7/19 7:04 PM
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1/7/19 @ 4:52 PM
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Silverfish1
Silverfish1
USER since 3/11/07

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waxing Crescent

I was working for a aquatic pesticide company at the time they started the experimental treatment that lasted for years. The companies do the treatments and surveys the weeds. the dnr approves the application. a few other companies were watching this treatment. it was to be selective and target milfoil. it killed almost every species in the lake. it worked differently than the typical glyphosate.

in a nutshell it was suppose to work by keeping levels of this new chemical at a certain ppm. 

to the best of my knowledge it was approved with little know about it or how it would affect the lakes ecology/health.

it will be awhile before I eat fish out of big silver lake. I still enjoy catch and release though!

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1/7/19 @ 4:01 PM
PoySippiFisherman
PoySippiFisherman
USER since 3/27/02

I talked to 2 guys at the DNR today about Big Silver. They're rather friendly and forth coming with info. The landing by 21 & 73 is run by the township. The DNR is not responsible for closing it. They said the high water and warm weather combined with the few aerators by private docks is keeping the water open and the township placed barracades for safety purposes.

No fish stocking has occurred for several years since Mr Eds stopped having their fishery due to lack of funding and support. They would be happy to issue stocking permits if people put funding forward and arrange the stocking. They mentioned walleye specifically as the main species stocked.

Aquatic plant management has been a huge focus of the lake association mainly targeting Eurasian water milfoil. No chemical treatments have taken place for 2.5 years plus! The last treatment that took place was different than the previous 10 years.  It targeted E. milfoil in the entire lake. Follow up treatments have not been deemed necessary but manual harvesting programs have been utilized to keep new beds of milfoil under control. A whole lake plant survey is performed every year to monitor old weed beds and identify new infestations.  Above average water levels combined with the effectiveness of the last performed chemical treatment has lead to an overall reduction in aquatic vegetation both native and exotic.

Any thoughts?


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1/6/19 @ 7:40 AM
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Millertime84
Millertime84
USER since 2/17/15

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Waxing Crescent

I was told the aerators were put in to help keep the ice away from homes that are close to the waters edge. 

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1/5/19 @ 10:53 PM
doorman
doorman
USER since 12/28/06

I'm not a biologist but spend a lot of time on the water. I think large fish need protection. 

SELECTIVE HARVEST!!

I believe the Pike need a slot. Let people keep small Pike and release all 28 and up Pike. I think that would protect females and produce some quality size structure. Same with bass. Protect large fish!

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1/5/19 @ 7:53 PM
rvrbt
rvrbt
USER since 3/24/10

Does anyone know how or why the public landing on 23 &73 got blocked off? Why are there aerorators messing up the landing ? Isn't that against the law ? I've heard it is going on on some other lakes near there also .

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