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Bowman Lake

Bowman Lake is a small water body located in Bowman Lake State Park, Chenango County. This small lake is a popular fishing location for campers staying in the park during the spring and summer.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,600 feet
Area: 34 acres
Maximum Depth: 15 feet

Plant Life

A fair amount of aquatic vegetation can be found around the edge of the lake.

Public Access Sites

Bowman Lake State Park. Shore access, boat launch and boat rentals. No motors allowed on the lake, and a free permit is required to use the launch. For more information contact Bowman Lake State Park at (607)-334-2718 or click on their offsite link in the right hand column.

Fish Species

Rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, and brown bullhead.

General Fishing Information

Rainbow trout, brook trout and largemouth bass are the main gamefish found in the lake. Black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill and brown bullhead can also be caught in the lake. Most anglers target the trout during spring and early-summer shortly after they're stocked. Good baits are worms, salted minnows, artificial natural baits (like Gulp or PowerBait) or corn fished under a bobber. Flies, spinners, small stickbaits and spoons will also work for the trout.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management

Bowman Lake is stocked annually with approximately 700 year-old brook trout (8-9") and 1,500 year-old rainbow trout (8-9"). Bowman Lake was stocked in the summer of 2006 with largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, black crappie and brown bullhead.

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