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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


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Good

The black crappie population was evaluated by 7 crappie ranging from 8 – 11.5 inches. The body condition was good with a value of 98.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population was sampled by 22 fish in fall electrofishing survey. They ranged in size from 4 to 5.5 inches in length. The current bluegill population is rated as poor. A future improvement in the bass population size structure and annual aquatic vegetation control should help the bluegill size structure.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

The channel catfish population was not sampled in the electrofishing survey in 2019.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In 2019, the largemouth bass population was evaluated by 46 bass collected by Pulsed-DC electrofishing. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 8 – 13.5 inches with body condition of 89. We did not collect any bass over 16.5 inches. The collection rate was 92/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 8.7 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

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