Outdoor Report

July 14, 2014 Fishing Report
Courtesy of NGPC Fisheries Division

Lake McConaughy

Surface water temperature at the dam is 72° F.  The lake elevation is 3241.9, which is 1.0 foot lower than last week and is 8.1 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date. This puts the reservoir 23.1 feet lower than normal full pool capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 800 cfs, up from 451 cfs last week, with outflow at 2,340 cfs.

Daytime angler success for walleye continues to be good with a majority of the fish taken in 20-30 feet of water trolling ‘crawler rigs.’   The most productive area along the north shoreline has been from Arthur Bay to Sand Point.  On the south shoreline the success has been good from Lakeview east to Kelly Bay.  A few boat anglers have recently had some success trolling crankbaits over the top of submerged brush.  Northern pike from 25-38 inches have been caught in 3-10 feet of water on spinner baits while white bass up to 16 inches and occasional smallmouth bass have been taken on spoons or twister tails.  Night activity continues along the dam casting or trolling crankbaits for wipers up to 26 inches in length.  The statewide daily bag limit for walleye is 4 fish with minimum size limit of 15 inches and no more than one fish over 22 inches.  No more than one fish over 16 inches is allowed for white bass, wiper or striped bass.

Channel catfish success from boat or bank has been scattered over the entire reservoir.  Fish up to 27 inches have been caught with anglers having the best success using crawlers, shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.

Usable concrete boat ramps for launching can be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside ramps, Lemoyne lakeside ramp, Martin Bay high-water and low-water ramps, Sports Service Bay and Divers Bay.  Boats can also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at Lakeview and North Shore Lodge.  Anglers and boaters also need to be aware of a new regulation that requires every vessel to drain all water from compartments, equipment or containers before leaving the launch area.

Lake Ogallala

The surface water temperature is 65° F.  Rainbow trout fishing success has been fair for both boat and bank anglers.  Fish size ranges from 10-15 inches with some occasional larger fish up to 16 inches.   Boat anglers are trolling or casting spinners or spoons primarily in the Keystone Pool area.  Bank anglers are using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs.  Fly fishermen have been using bead head nymph patterns, streamers or midge patterns.  Anglers are reminded the daily bag limit for Lake Ogallala is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches.

Keystone Canal

Flow into the canal is currently 1,490 cfs, up from last week’s 797 cfs flow.  Angler pressure has been light but success for rainbow trout has been good with an occasional larger fish up to 17 inches.  The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, crawlers or dough baits.  The daily bag limit for the Keystone Canal is 5 trout with no size limit.

North Platte River below the Keystone Diversion Dam

Discharge from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river is 850 cfs, an increase from 225 cfs last week.  Success for rainbow trout up to 17 inches has been fair with most anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners or spoons.  Fly fishermen have been some success with weighted nymph patterns, streamers or midge patterns.  Again, anglers are reminded the daily bag limit in the North Platte River below the Diversion Dam is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches.

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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
(308) 284-8800
1475 HW 61 N
Ogallala, NE 69153
email: ngpc.lake.mcconaughy@nebraska.gov