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BOWEN LAKE


Lake Information

County: Tazewell

Acreage: 6

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

120

2022

Largemouth Bass

Adult

40


Additional information for stocking on Bowen Lake


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Good

The 2021 black crappie population was evaluated by 3 crappie at 9 inches. The high bass density has provided good predatory control on the crappie present in the lake. This has resulted in a low-density crappie population ranging from 9-11”.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population was sampled by 35 fish in the 2021 spring electrofishing survey. They ranged in size from 3 to 6 inches in length. The current bluegill population is rated as poor. A future improvement in the bass population size structure will help the bluegill size structure.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

No channel catfish were sampled in 2021. Bowen Lake is stocked with 8-10” channel catfish on an annual basis.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In 2021, the largemouth bass population was evaluated by 92 bass collected by Pulsed-DC electrofishing. The largemouth bass population continues to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 8 – 13.5 inches with 1 bass over 14 inches collected. The collection rate was 368/hr which indicates a high density. In 2018 IDNR biologists transferred 200-300 largemouth bass salvaged from Lake Eureka ranging from 1 – 6 lbs. This influx of multiple size classes of bass should help improve the bluegill population size structure

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

Redear sunfish in our sampling ranged from 3.5 to 8 inches in length. The average body condition of these fish was good.

Location: Bowen Lake is located in Tazewell County approximately 1 mile north of Washington at the junction of Route 24 and the Washington, Metamora blacktop. The lake is the property of the Washington Park District.

Description: Bowen is a borrow pit of 5.8 acres in size, maximum depth is 35 feet. The entire shoreline is accessible to shore anglers.

Additional Lake Information: All fish 2 Pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:

Large or smallmouth bass: 12” to 15" protected slot limit - 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Walleye: 15" minimum - 1 fish daily

Contact Information:
Washington Park District:
309-444-9413
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Bushman
309-435-1010