Location and Directions:
Lake Poway is located approx. 20 miles northeast of the city of San Diego. From Interstate 15, exit Rancho Bernardo Road and travel east 4 miles to Lake Poway Road. Turn left and follow to park entrance.
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The lake is open for boating and fishing Wednesday through Sunday, sunrise to sunset. Camping is allowed at the Lake Poway Wilderness Campground, located at the base of the dam. The campground is inaccessible by vehicle, so campers must walk in one mile on a moderately difficult trail. For lake information, call (858) 679-5465. For facility and campground reservations, call (858) 679-4342. Also visit the Lake Poway website for additional info.
Rowboats, motor boats, sailboats, and paddle boats available for rent at the consession stand. No private boats are allowed. Float-tubing is allowed. Float-tube rules are as follows:
The lake is stocked weekly with 1,200 lb. of rainbow trout, November through mid-May and catfish during the summer months. Fishing permits are $4.50 for adults, $2.00 for youth ages 8-15 years, and $2.00 for seniors (55 and over) on Thursdays. Children 7 years and under may fish off an adult permit with a one fish limit per permit. Night fishing is allowed from June-Sept. on Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. There are also largemouth bass bluegill and crappie here. The lake record bass is 17.85 pounds, taken by Mike Long on January 20, 1999.
Comments and Tips:
Like many of the smaller trout-stocked lakes in San Diego county, Poway has a reputation of producing some record-sized largemouth bass. Lake record is 17.85 pounds. Using soft-plastic trout imitation lures is a good method to entice one of these hogs into biting.
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