Lake Poway

Lake Poway is a small, clear reservoir in Poway, CA about 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. It is stocked heavily with rainbow trout in the winter months, and offers good fishing for bass, catfish, and bluegill in warmer months.

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  • The lake is deep and clear, with good shoreline accessibility. There is no launch ramp, and float tubes, canoes and kayaks are not permitted. Rental boats, including rowboats, motorboats, sailboats, and paddle boats are available through the concession.

    Bass are mandatory catch and release from March 1st through May 31st. Lake Poway also maintains a 4 fish limit for trout per angler, per day.


    Lake Poway is located in the foothills surrounding the eastern side of the city of Poway at 14644 Lake Poway Rd., Poway, CA.

    powayFacilities and Recreation

    A well-stocked concession stand offers snacks, bait and basic fishing tackle. The lake sits inside the Lake Poway Recreation Area, which is loaded with other amenities. There are restrooms, barbecues, picnic tables, a softball field, volleyball court, and hiking trails. There is also a 900 square foot pavilion area for hosting large events, like the annual Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby.

    Operating Schedule and Fees

    The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset. California Sport Fishing Licenses are not required to fish at Lake Poway, but daily fishing permits are (available at the concession). For current permit costs, visit our “Lake Permits and Fees” page.

    Water Level Trend

    The following chart shows measured water level elevation (feet) at Lake Poway over the previous 12 months.

    Lake Poway Fishing Records

    Blue Catfish34.502008Scott Marchese
    Bluegill2.52002Deadre McCullough
    Channel Catfish281981Richard Kolas
    Largemouth Bass17.51984Mike Lanza
    Rainbow Trout17.8751999
    Redear Sunfish2.252006Zack Greim

    Recent and Future Fish Plants

    DateSpeciesSourceWeight (lbs)Notes
    4/1/15Rainbow Trout1500
    4/15/15Rainbow Trout1500CANCELED
    4/29/15Rainbow Trout1500CANCELED

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