Outdoor Report

April 24, 2014 Fishing Report
Courtesy of NGPC Fisheries Division

Lake McConaughy

Surface water temperature at the dam has increased to 46° F.  The lake elevation is 3238.5, which is 2.1 feet lower than the elevation last year on this date and 26.5 feet lower than normal full pool capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 610 cfs with outflow of 1,038 cfs.  The lake elevation has decreased 0.3 foot in the last week.

Angler pressure and success for walleye at night along Kingsley Dam has improved dramatically with better weather conditions.  Boat anglers on the dam face are trolling large crankbaits and bank anglers are casting crankbaits or jigs.  Daytime success for boat anglers targeting walleye from the dam to North Shore has been very inconsistent to date.  Anglers fishing the dam should be reminded that from sunset to sunrise, April 1 to 30, any boat within 30 yards of Kingsley Dam must travel in a south-to-north (counter-clockwise) direction.  Also, all boats are prohibited within 200 feet of the Kingsley Dam outlet and morning glory structures.  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.

Channel catfish success has slowed in the Otter Creek area, and west.  Boat and bank anglers are having the best success using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.

Usable concrete boat ramps for launching can be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside, Lemoyne Bay low water, Martin Bay low water, and Divers Bay ramps.  Boats can also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at Lakeview and North Shore Lodge.

Lake Ogallala

Surface water temperature is 48° F.  Rainbow trout fishing success has been good for bank anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs.  Most fish caught range in size from 10-12 inches with some larger fish up to 16 inches.   Boat anglers are trolling or casting spinners or spoons.  Fly fishermen have been doing well with bead head nymph patterns or streamers.  Anglers are reminded the daily bag limit in Lake Ogallala is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches.

Keystone Canal

Discharge into the canal flow has recently increased to 1,035 cfs.  Success for rainbow trout has been fair with an occasional larger fish up to 16 inches.  The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, worms or dough baits.  Daily bag limit for the Keystone Canal is 5 trout with no size limit.

North Platte River below the Keystone Diversion Dam

At this time a winter 5 cfs minimum release exists from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river   Success for rainbow trout has been fair with most anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners or spoons.  Fly fishermen have been using 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