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WASHINGTON PARK LAKE - BOWEN


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.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Poor

Only 2 black crappie were sampled from 7.9 to 9.6 inches in length. The body condition of these fish was only average.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population was sampled by 13 fish in fall electrofishing survey. They ranged in size from 2 to 6.3 inches in length with a poor body condition rating of 80. 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 2017. A channel catfish stocking is anticipated for the fall of 2018. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The largemouth bass population was evaluated by electrofishing. The population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 8.0 to 13.5 inches in length. The body condition of these fish was only average. The collection rate indicates a high density. Site Regulation: 12” to 15" protected slot limit; 3 fish daily limit.

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 64 feet. The entire shoreline is accessible to shore anglers.

Contact Information:
Washington Park District:
309-444-9413
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck:
309-446-9143