Lake Lowell

Boise River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Lake Lowell in Canyon County is 8,826.0 acres.

Lake Lowell is a large reservoir with several management entities including the USFWS, USBOR, Canyon County, and IDFG. Most fishing opportunity occurs during the open boating season, April 15 - September 30. Two park areas, managed by Canyon County, offer access to the north shore, while several smaller access points (SUFWS) exist along the south shore. Largemouth bass are the most popular sport fish, but good fishing for channel catfish and fair fishing for panfish exists. Recently, bowfishing for carp has become popular.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
Yes
Boat Ramp
Yes
Dock
Yes
Toilet
Yes
Campground
No
ADA Access
Handicap Accessible

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2023/07/11 Channel Catfish 5,000 Catchable (6+ inches)
2023/06/01 Tiger Muskie 1,716 Catchable (6+ inches)
2022/07/11 Channel Catfish 4,018 Catchable (6+ inches)
2022/06/01 Tiger Muskie 1,786 Catchable (12-14 inches)
2021/10/28 Rainbow - Hayspur Triploid 575 Catchable (6+ inches)
2021/05/27 Tiger Muskie 2,000 Catchable (6+ inches)
2020/07/16 Channel Catfish 21,378 Catchable (6+ inches)
2020/06/02 Tiger Muskie 700 Catchable (6+ inches)
2019/09/12 Tiger Muskie 1,122 Catchable (6+ inches)
2019/07/24 Channel Catfish 5,015 Catchable (6+ inches)
2018/07/11 Channel Catfish 5,009 Catchable (6+ inches)
2017/07/19 Channel Catfish 9,796 Catchable (6+ inches)
2016/07/14 Channel Catfish 10,012 Catchable (6+ inches)
2015/06/24 Channel Catfish 2,505 Catchable (6+ inches)
2014/07/16 Channel Catfish 5,005 Catchable (6+ inches)
2013/06/12 Channel Catfish 10,005 Catchable (6+ inches)
2011/07/20 Channel Catfish 10,000 Catchable (6+ inches)
2010/07/14 Channel Catfish 7,992 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/09/08 Lahontan Cutthroat 45,084 Fry (0-3 inches)
2009/07/15 Channel Catfish 9,434 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/07/13 Lahontan Cutthroat 35,904 Fry (0-3 inches)
2009/05/26 Black Crappie 1,170 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/26 White Crappie 230 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/23 Black Crappie 1,785 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/23 White Crappie 200 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/22 Black Crappie 270 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/22 White Crappie 30 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/21 Black Crappie 600 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/21 White Crappie 100 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/13 Black Crappie 900 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/05/13 White Crappie 100 Catchable (6+ inches)
2008/07/16 Channel Catfish 7,673 Catchable (6+ inches)
2008/06/26 Lahontan Cutthroat 85,272 Fry (0-3 inches)
2007/07/11 Channel Catfish 7,828 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
2007/06/29 Lahontan Cutthroat 44,430 Fry (0-3 inches)
2006/07/19 Channel Catfish 13,716 Catchable (6+ inches)
2006/06/14 Lahontan Cutthroat 164,531 Fry (0-3 inches)
2005/08/10 Channel Catfish 5,955 Catchable (6+ inches)
2005/06/23 Lahontan Cutthroat 102,992 Fry (0-3 inches)
2004/07/07 Channel Catfish 6,897 Catchable (6+ inches)
2004/06/25 Lahontan Cutthroat 91,350 Fry (0-3 inches)
2003/08/19 Channel Catfish 9,063 Catchable (6+ inches)
2003/07/01 Lahontan Cutthroat 43,550 Fry (0-3 inches)
2002/06/25 Lahontan Cutthroat 52,920 Fry (0-3 inches)
2001/06/27 Lahontan Cutthroat 39,479 Fry (0-3 inches)
2000/09/06 Lahontan Cutthroat 21,600 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
2000/06/27 Lahontan Cutthroat 66,376 Fry (0-3 inches)
1999/09/21 Channel Catfish 11,428 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1998/09/29 Channel Catfish 9,900 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1998/09/01 Lahontan Cutthroat 12,090 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1998/08/26 Lahontan Cutthroat 51,500 Fry (0-3 inches)
1998/07/07 Lahontan Cutthroat 84,330 Fry (0-3 inches)
1998/04/25 Black Crappie 2,200 Catchable (6+ inches)
1997/09/08 Lahontan Cutthroat 22,750 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1996/09/11 Lahontan Cutthroat 42,400 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1996/06/19 Lahontan Cutthroat 25,000 Fry (0-3 inches)
1995/09/25 Lahontan Cutthroat 7,065 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1995/06/27 Lahontan Cutthroat 25,265 Fry (0-3 inches)
1992/04/21 Troutlodge 10,000 Catchable (6+ inches)
1992/04/15 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 16,530 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/12/19 Lahontan Cutthroat 7,200 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/11/26 Lahontan Cutthroat 58,500 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/04/30 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 20,000 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/04/24 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 58,100 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/03/28 Lahontan Cutthroat 62,400 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/03/18 Rainbow Unspecified 9,900 Catchable (6+ inches)
1990/11/26 Lahontan Cutthroat 50,350 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1990/10/07 Black Crappie 10 Unknown Size
1990/10/07 Bluegill 5 Unknown Size
1990/10/07 Channel Catfish 1,200 Unknown Size
1990/10/07 Lahontan Cutthroat 2 Unknown Size
1990/10/07 Largemouth Bass 4 Unknown Size
1990/10/07 Rainbow Unspecified 2 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Black Crappie 20 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Bluegill 20 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Channel Catfish 800 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Lahontan Cutthroat 3 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Largemouth Bass 20 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Rainbow Unspecified 2 Unknown Size
1990/10/06 Smallmouth Bass 10 Unknown Size
1990/04/27 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 1,000 Adults
1990/03/19 Rainbow Unspecified 5,060 Catchable (6+ inches)
1990/03/19 Rainbow Unspecified 5,200 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1989/12/19 Domestic Kamloops 1,520 Catchable (6+ inches)
1989/12/19 Domestic Kamloops 1,500 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1989/12/15 Lahontan Cutthroat 67,680 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1989/03/21 Mt Lassen Rainbow 5,130 Catchable (6+ inches)
1988/11/17 Lahontan Cutthroat 8,037 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/11/16 Lahontan Cutthroat 63,960 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/11/15 Lahontan Cutthroat 15,600 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/11/14 Lahontan Cutthroat 13,755 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/09/22 Channel Catfish 18,000 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/04/27 Domestic Kamloops 98,685 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/03/17 Mt Lassen Rainbow 175 Adults
1988/03/17 Mt Lassen Rainbow 1,838 Catchable (6+ inches)
1987/03/25 Mt Lassen Rainbow 1,007 Catchable (6+ inches)
1986/02/24 Mt Lassen Rainbow 1,560 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1981/07/09 Smallmouth Bass 161,500 Fry (0-3 inches)
1980/07/02 Channel Catfish 500,000 Fry (0-3 inches)
1980/05/08 Smallmouth Bass 40,000 Fry (0-3 inches)
1969/10/31 Crappie Unspecified 2,000 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1968/11/07 Perch 35,200 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1968/08/12 Smallmouth Bass 423 Fry (0-3 inches)
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits
 

Be aware of Fish Consumption Advisories associated with this waterbody. More information can be found here.

Fishing Rules, 2022 - 2024

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Lake Lowell
  • January 1 to June 30 - bass limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • July 1 to December 31 - bass limit is 2, none between 12 and 16 inches
Southwest Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
  • None under 12 inches

Brook Trout

  • Brook Trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout

Bull Trout

  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release

Kokanee

  • Kokanee limit is 6

Salmon

  • Spring and summer Chinook Salmon seasons and limits are set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in separate brochures
  • Seasons and limits for fall Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon can be found here
  • Sockeye Salmon limit is 0 and fishing for or targeting Sockeye Salmon is illegal
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water 

Steelhead (ocean-going)

  • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs). Between Hells Canyon Dam and Oxbow Dam and the Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam during steelhead seasons, steelhead are Rainbow Trout over twenty (20) inches in length with the adipose fin clipped (as evidenced by a healed scar)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water. See fishing regulations for details

Sturgeon

  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks are required
  • Use of a sliding swivel device to secure a weight, and a lighter test line to secure weight to sliding swivel device is required. See fishing regulations for details

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, land-locked Chinook and Coho Salmon, trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately

Whitefish

  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish

Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey

  • May not be harvested or possessed

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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