Cow Lake (near Rocky Mountain House) Fishing Reports & Feedback

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Average of 92 ratings as of Aug. 5, 2017

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by Clearwaterfishchick on Aug. 5, 2017

Very slow fishing day today!! One bite on the west side , that's it!!

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by Newfie69 on Jun. 27, 2017

Anyone fish here yet this year? Coming on the long weekend. Looking for tips for the kids(and myself).

by KJ23 on Mar. 13, 2017

Ice Report: 20 in
North end by the day use area was very snowy, the ice is still nice and thick.

by TreeHugger on Jan. 15, 2017

Ice Report: 12 in
Clear ice with about a foot of snow cover at north end of lake.

by Bighorn1 on Dec. 27, 2016

Ice Report: 14 in
North end

by Rigwelder on Aug. 21, 2016

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by Terry2211 on Jun. 6, 2016

Can inboard boats go on this lake ? I heard just smaller boats can.

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by Maverick1 on Mar. 5, 2016

Beautiful day. Fish must be enjoying weather some where else. Slow day. No bites. Trying everything. No luck

by Maverick1 on Mar. 5, 2016

Ice Report: 14 in
At north end near day use.

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by Bcool on Jan. 1, 2016

12" of ice about 200 yards out from day use launch set up to shallow today so a bit slow for fish action, try again another day

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by Fin Finder on Jan. 1, 2016

Anybody been out on the ice???

by Fishhammer on Sep. 7, 2015

Only spot we found jack in four days. Caught four 28" in ten mins.
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by Marty88 on Sep. 7, 2015

Big 14-18 lbs Rainbows back in the day
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by Marty88 on Sep. 7, 2015

Late evening! Perfect for big 10 lbs pike
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by Kingfisher01 on Aug. 13, 2015

Used to be a great perch angling lake up to 2 lbs if you look at the derby trophy at the cow lake store.

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by Kingfisher01 on Aug. 13, 2015

Perch are weak. Pike fishing is ok at best. First few years got some nice gators but seems like entire lake is petering out.

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by gloveman on Aug. 13, 2015

Anyone catching perch recently?

by Brettc1973 on Jul. 27, 2015

80-90 cm. none big enough
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by F.F.F. on Jul. 3, 2015

camped out at cow for two days. great action. 25 fish at least. no i didn't keep a single one. most around 60 - 80 cm. they do have a no fishing from boat dock sign but they have also put in a new dock just for fishing beside the boat dock so can't blame them too much.

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by BetterThenYou on Jun. 28, 2015

Seen lots of under size pile getting taken home this weekend make sure u check your regulations

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by SpinnerMike on Jun. 7, 2015

Cow lake is a heavy action pike lake that can prove to be fruitful if you are able to quickly figure out what the northerns are biting on at the time. From May 15 till late June the fish bite over and over, then it slows down when the waters become too warm, till mid August. This is one of the last successful shore fishing lakes in the area, and even that much is dwindling, as the staff that run the campground on the lake have asked that people no longer fish off of their best dock, it is solely for the purpose of launching boats (brutal). In the fall the pike are fewer, but they are larger, which makes the trip just as exciting.

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by SpinnerMike on Jun. 7, 2015

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by jaycaption on Jun. 4, 2015

Hello fellas! Looking to go fishing this weekend and setup camp for Friday to Sunday. Any word on what to expect for shore fishing at all?

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by SquidLips on May. 8, 2015

Hey rainbow seaker. I was speaking of last year. The gates are currently closed, how would I even get in there with my boat. SOME PEOPLE!

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by rainbowseaker on May. 6, 2015

Hay squidlip. Just heads up next time u at cow try reading the big white sing .. . Lol .. lake is still closed. . Till Thursday before may long. .lol some people!

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by SquidLips on May. 6, 2015

Love this lake for catching Pike

by SquidLips on May. 6, 2015

Trolling along weeds for pike at medium speed. Caught 4
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by smitchr on Feb. 8, 2015

Can you take quads on cow lake?

by smitchr on Feb. 8, 2015

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by BlaineW on Jan. 29, 2015

Does anyone know of a spot to drive on to the south side?

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by BlaineW on Jan. 27, 2015

Kaleh01 is there a public area to drive on the south side of the lake?

by Kaleh01 on Jan. 24, 2015

Caught 4 and lost 1 pike. Biggest was 36" & 10lbs. Fished all over the south half of the lake

by Kaleh01 on Jan. 24, 2015

Ice Report: 14 in
north 1/3 of the lake is mostly affected by slush and floodwater

by FriesenG on Jan. 18, 2015

Some floodwater on ice now, 4x4 recommended or stay on beaten trail.

by FriesenG on Jan. 18, 2015

15lbs Pike
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by ifliefish on Jan. 9, 2015

Any recent updates on ice conditions?

by Frenchman on Dec. 27, 2014

Ice Report: 12 in

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by Chrisliebig on Dec. 24, 2014

Dec.20th went out and caught three jacks! Biggest was 90cm

by Noob27 on Dec. 8, 2014

Anyone out ice fishing yet? Thinking of heading out this weekend

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by gordachuk on Aug. 14, 2014

Fished this August long weekend. Catching lots of pike from 16 - 30 inches. No sign of any disease.

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by Greg1985 on Aug. 1, 2014

Caught a small pike off the north dock, nice lake to go to if you want to catch some fish from shore and meet some good people. Looking forward to fishing there in the future.

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by fishman67 on Jul. 23, 2014

So sad. Used to love catching perch in Cow Lake. Then fish and game decided to put pike in there. Why? They eat all the trout and perch and anything else that moves. Diseased pike with big sores that I caught last year. What`s with that? UGH!! Leave the pike in the big lakes. _

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by Ianb on Jul. 20, 2014

Fishing was okay. Caught three pike

by Stache on Jun. 24, 2014

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by Brentlyexperience on Jun. 4, 2014

Who in their right mind would eat fish out of this slough? They drill all around the perimiter of this lake and the fish are covered in tumours. Let the fish go so others can enjoy them. This lake could be a trophy pike lake if greedy people kept their mitts of the fish.

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by Davemega123 on May. 19, 2014

I like fishing here went fishing there lastnight never got a bite I was using a spoon

by Kaleh01 on May. 19, 2014

Caught about 20 pike the other day among 4 fishermen in our new boat. Only fished 2 hours, biggest about 8lbs. Saw several big dead spawners, but otherwise no sign of winterkill

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by Shpak on May. 6, 2014

Anyone know if the ice is gone yet?

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 28, 2014

How's the perch fishing?

by Mynor on Jan. 26, 2014

Ice Report: 11 in
Good ice 100 meters off shore

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by Mynor on Jan. 26, 2014

10 " ice nice and crisp. 100 meters off shore Someone even built a nice skating rink Good times

by iFish Guest on Jan. 26, 2014

Ice Report: 10 in
Good crisp ice 100 meters from shore, Someone even built a nice skating rink , bring your skates

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by mountainman11 on Jan. 5, 2014

No cow lake (near lac la biche) is 2 pike any size. This is cow lake near rockey

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by mountainman11 on Jan. 5, 2014

You must of read the one below cow lake.

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by mountainman11 on Jan. 5, 2014

No cow lake in ES2 is 1 pike of 100 cm still. You read it wrong. So that nice pike you put back was a good choice. I just checked the regulations.

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by lalynn on Jan. 2, 2014

This page says size limit 100cm on pike. Regulations states you can keep 2 any size. Very sad. Just through a good one back because it was shy the 100cm

by lalynn on Jan. 2, 2014

Ice Report: 10 in
This is the depth near shore. Be cautious of thin ice out further from shore.

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by kingfisher01 on Dec. 31, 2013

10 inches of ice in places, some flood water last week havent caught anything yet tho.

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by iFish Guest on Sep. 5, 2013

August 25th caught a few pike 4-6 ft one nice. one 30"... large growth in the mouth

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by Lakechaser on Sep. 1, 2013

What more could a guy ask for? Blue skies and plus 27, it's what memories are made of. Caught 11 lb pike on the fly rod today. No unusual growths on this fish!

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by iFish Guest on Aug. 25, 2013

was on cow today for 4 hours and caught 12 pike between 1 and 6 lbs, great fishing but I keep hearing stories of big trout, hard to believe because the lake is only 9 feet deep, does anyone have any pics to prove it?

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by Melvin56 on Aug. 17, 2013

Fished cow today, fantastic day on the lake. Tried to find the perch with no luck there, did catch 10 pike. 1 30 inch, 1 32 inch, the rest were average. ALL very healthy and very beautiful. Fishing the weed beds in 6 ft of water. Great day

by daltonitis on Aug. 6, 2013

tons of 10 lb pike, 6' of water.
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by daltonitis on Aug. 5, 2013

fished cow aug long weekend, had excellent time with pikes! about 30 caught all within 60-90 cm & 4-8 lbs. didnt catch any with the tumors! clean healthy lake!!

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by iFish Guest on Jul. 2, 2013

What do you mean by not healthy pike?

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by iFish Guest on Jun. 8, 2013

Cow lake use to have lots of perch, never had any luck with trout, and caught many sick pike. Sick as in not healthy.

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by iFish Guest on Jun. 5, 2013

Lots of pike, but to much sick pike there...

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by Mark B on Jun. 3, 2013

Was on cow lake fishing the June 1st weekend. Caught 28 between two of us.

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by Suka on Mar. 31, 2013

No luck for the last chance of ice fishing. Was out for perch, nothing moved over for pike, nothing. Good day though sunny and calm. Ice is melting quick.

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 15, 2013

Caught a 135cm pike out of cow on the south end near the dam.

by Kaini on Jan. 31, 2013

A HotSpot Marker was added for Cow Lake (near Rocky Mountain House)
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by Jb on Jan. 29, 2013

I have heard there is plenty of perch. Any truth to this rumour? If so where would I take my kids for the day?

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by Oulio on Jan. 26, 2013

Went fishing today about a dozen people on the ice one group caught a pike that I could see,for myself didn't catch anything after five hrs I called it quite.overall it was a nice day to be on the ice it,s been a while

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by Rc-500 on Jan. 26, 2013

G.f caught a nice pike, few other bites, saw one monster

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by Mr.Harley Larson on Jan. 1, 2013

16" of Ice, About 15 of us fished yesterday really slow. Few pike caught biggest was 10.5lb. Great day for the kids on the ice.

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by Buzz001 on Dec. 28, 2012

Anyone having any luck catching pike through the ice, and what set up are you using

by Jason_melanson on Nov. 12, 2012

2 -7 lbs trout and a few nice pike under 100 cm
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by Hawk on Sep. 30, 2012

Was out on Saturday caught 4 little pike on spoons on the shore on the right hand side of the boat launch. What are you guys using for the 8 pounders ?

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by TippyCanoe on Sep. 16, 2012

We couldn't get over the size of the pike in this lake. We caught nothing less than nine pounders.

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by Dave mega on Sep. 9, 2012

Had a pike today but he got away next time

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by Lucky strike on Jul. 29, 2012

Lots of small pike but not much else

by Leach field on Jul. 21, 2012

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by Ssminnow on Jul. 15, 2012

4weeks ago I got a 5 lbs rainbow out of nowhere considering I've caught hundreds of fish there and never a trout. Regs aren't lyong

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by Ssminnow on Jul. 15, 2012

Good pike fishing got 34 today only 2 with disease

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by Mynor on Jul. 4, 2012

Went there yesterday and caught two nice size pike, there is a sign telling anglers about diseased pike. The two I caught did not have any signs of disease , however not taking chances, plus they weren't legal size to keep. Fished off shore by boat launch with smelts off bottom. Good times!

by Mezmerize on Jun. 24, 2012

Lots of pike 20 - 30 feet off the bank. Good for trolling or casting.
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by Dwjam on May. 16, 2012

Troll for jack fish back and forth
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by Cfish on Feb. 15, 2012

Caught a wack of perch there on august to along north west shore but was fishing for trout the whole time. Didn't see a single trout. When the pike were introduced it really stressed the trout population.

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by Mono40 on Aug. 27, 2011

Diseased fish. Turned me off from there forever!

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by Fish on Jul. 8, 2011

Why does conservation introduce pike to a healthy trout lake to reduce perch population? They in turn reduce the trout poularion as pike will prey on fish as large as 1/3 of ita own size. Seems the opposite of a sensible conservation method. I can catch pike almost anywhere but trout and perch on the same water much more satisfying to angle.

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by Riley on Jun. 19, 2011

I have been going to this lake for ten years plus and have been able to catch our limit in perch allmost exertions unti a few years ago they introduced pike and I haven't been able to catch a perch since but apparently that was the plan to reduce the perch population

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by tamara on Apr. 6, 2011

did not stop by but want 2 so i can see what its like! hopefully i get a chance this summer

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