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Fishing: California

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Bowman Lake

Elevation: Varies

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General Description

Bowman Lake is located approximately 9 miles north of Bear Valley Picnic Ground. Ten to twenty thousand fingerling rainbows and browns are planted each year. Larger browns are found in various locations on the lake and boat anglers will have better luck than those fishing from the shore. Easy access from the Bowman Road, 4 WD not necessary, but the road is very rocky. Trailers not recommended.

Directions from Nevada City: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for approximately 19 miles and turn left onto Primary Forest Route #18. Travel north for approximately 10 miles and turn right onto County Route #843. This road travels around the north shore of the lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great Series of waterfalls hidden on North end / excellent for rock climbing-Diving - Watch out for the yahoos on weekends with the 1:00 A.M joyride - Genrally quiet thru the weekdays / Small Boats/Canoes / Kyakas highly recommended to explore multiple Islands / Surface trolling @ dusk best bet near creek During summer months for 18" planters / browns & K Salmon hard to Catch - down too deep in Summer probably laughing as they review the Hundreds of Snagged Down rigs and lures the greedy anglers foolishly tried to drop too low
Conditions: Very rocky ex. mining location / not a "soft" Place - you'll find some shade in forested camp ground . always windy 12 noon to 5:00pm +/-
Water Availability: No Water! Bring Approx 1 Gal Per person Per. Day
Recommended Clothing: Hot during the Day / Cool to chilly at Night / Bring GOOD BOOTS for the Rocks that you will encounter everywhere
Suggested Accessories: Never seen a Bear here / No Bear boxes / Never say never

Filed By: Scott Shuler
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went to the lake to go SCUBA diving. It was extremely clear water and we saw many crayfish. I plan to return with my kayak to explore more of the lake and find the trout.
Conditions: Relatviely good roads - but the forest service recommends 4WD.
Water Availability: Be prepared (20+ miles from a town)
Recommended Clothing: Be prepared (20+ miles from a town)
Suggested Accessories: Be prepared (20+ miles from a town)

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Fishing is available from this lake.
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Bowman Lake

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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