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
2021/10/28 Rainbow Trout 575 Greater than 6 inches
2021/05/27 Tiger Muskie 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
2020/07/16 Channel Catfish 21,378 Greater than 6 inches
2020/06/02 Tiger Muskie 700 Greater than 6 inches
2019/09/12 Tiger Muskie 1,122 Greater than 6 inches
2019/07/24 Channel Catfish 5,015 Greater than 6 inches
2018/07/11 Channel Catfish 5,009 Greater than 6 inches
2017/07/19 Channel Catfish 9,796 Greater than 6 inches
2016/07/14 Channel Catfish 5,006 Greater than 6 inches
2015/06/24 Channel Catfish 2,505 Greater than 6 inches
2014/07/16 Channel Catfish 5,005 Greater than 6 inches
2013/06/12 Channel Catfish 10,005 Greater than 6 inches
2011/07/20 Channel Catfish 10,000 Greater than 6 inches
2010/07/14 Channel Catfish 7,992 Greater than 6 inches
2009/09/08 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 45,084 Less than 6 inches
2009/07/15 Channel Catfish 9,434 Greater than 6 inches
2009/07/13 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 35,904 Less than 6 inches
2009/05/26 Black Crappie 1,170 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/26 White Crappie 230 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/23 Black Crappie 1,785 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/23 White Crappie 200 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/22 Black Crappie 270 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/22 White Crappie 30 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/21 Black Crappie 600 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/21 White Crappie 100 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/13 Black Crappie 900 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/13 White Crappie 100 Greater than 6 inches
2008/07/16 Channel Catfish 7,673 Greater than 6 inches
2008/06/26 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 85,272 Less than 6 inches
2007/07/11 Channel Catfish 7,828 Less than 6 inches
2007/06/29 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 44,430 Less than 6 inches
2006/07/19 Channel Catfish 13,716 Greater than 6 inches
2006/06/14 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 164,531 Less than 6 inches
2005/08/10 Channel Catfish 5,955 Greater than 6 inches
2005/06/23 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 102,992 Less than 6 inches
2004/07/07 Channel Catfish 6,897 Greater than 6 inches
2004/06/25 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 91,350 Less than 6 inches
2003/08/19 Channel Catfish 9,063 Greater than 6 inches
2003/07/01 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 43,550 Less than 6 inches
2002/06/25 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 52,920 Less than 6 inches
2001/06/27 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 39,479 Less than 6 inches
2000/09/06 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 21,600 Less than 6 inches
2000/06/27 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 66,376 Less than 6 inches
1999/09/21 Channel Catfish 11,428 Less than 6 inches
1998/09/29 Channel Catfish 9,900 Less than 6 inches
1998/09/01 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 12,090 Less than 6 inches
1998/08/26 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 51,500 Less than 6 inches
1998/07/07 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 84,330 Less than 6 inches
1998/04/25 Black Crappie 2,200 Greater than 6 inches
1997/09/08 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 22,750 Less than 6 inches
1996/09/11 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 42,400 Less than 6 inches
1996/06/19 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 25,000 Less than 6 inches
1995/09/25 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 7,065 Less than 6 inches
1995/06/27 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 25,265 Less than 6 inches
1992/04/15 Rainbow Trout 16,530 Less than 6 inches
1991/12/19 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 7,200 Less than 6 inches
1991/11/26 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 58,500 Less than 6 inches
1991/04/30 Rainbow Trout 20,000 Less than 6 inches
1991/04/24 Rainbow Trout 58,100 Less than 6 inches
1991/03/28 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 62,400 Less than 6 inches
1991/03/18 Rainbow Trout 9,900 Greater than 6 inches
1990/11/26 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 50,350 Less than 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 Trout 2 Unknown size
1990/10/07 Largemouth Bass 4 Unknown size
1990/10/07 Rainbow Trout 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 Trout 3 Unknown size
1990/10/06 Largemouth Bass 20 Unknown size
1990/10/06 Rainbow Trout 2 Unknown size
1990/10/06 Smallmouth Bass 10 Unknown size
1990/04/27 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Adults
1990/03/19 Rainbow Trout 5,060 Greater than 6 inches
1990/03/19 Rainbow Trout 5,200 Less than 6 inches
1989/12/19 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
1989/12/19 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Less than 6 inches
1989/12/15 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 67,680 Less than 6 inches
1989/03/21 Rainbow Trout 5,130 Greater than 6 inches
1988/11/17 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 8,037 Less than 6 inches
1988/11/16 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 63,960 Less than 6 inches
1988/11/15 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 15,600 Less than 6 inches
1988/11/14 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 13,755 Less than 6 inches
1988/09/22 Channel Catfish 18,000 Less than 6 inches
1988/04/27 Rainbow Trout 98,685 Less than 6 inches
1988/03/17 Rainbow Trout 175 Adults
1988/03/17 Rainbow Trout 1,838 Greater than 6 inches
1987/03/25 Rainbow Trout 1,007 Greater than 6 inches
1986/02/24 Rainbow Trout 1,560 Less than 6 inches
1981/07/09 Smallmouth Bass 161,500 Less than 6 inches
1980/07/02 Channel Catfish 500,000 Less than 6 inches
1980/05/08 Smallmouth Bass 40,000 Less than 6 inches
1969/10/31 Crappie 2,000 Less than 6 inches
1968/11/07 Yellow Perch 35,200 Less than 6 inches
1968/08/12 Smallmouth Bass 423 Less than 6 inches
1967/11/22 Yellow Perch 4,500 Less than 6 inches
1967/11/21 Bullhead Catfish 260,000 Less than 6 inches
1967/11/15 Largemouth Bass 9,600 Less than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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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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