Outdoor Report

September 21, 2015

A warm September has kept the park busy following a record Labor Day weekend. Park staff will begin winterizing water facilities October 1st and will continue until late October. The order of facilities winterized varies each year and is due to staffing, weather and other day-to-day issues that arise.

Beginning October 15th, our non-peak camping rates will take effect. Primitive camping will drop from $10 to $8, electric only from $25 to $18 and full service sites from $35 to $25. The non-peak season lasts until May 1st.

The Lake McConaughy Visitor’s/Water Interpretive Center has begun winter hours which are 8 am to 4pm Monday thru Saturday, Closed on Sunday.

We have already begun several exciting projects that will be completed throughout the fall and winter seasons. We are refurbishing five vault toilets installed in 2008 with new windows, trim and paint. The Visitor’s Center Theater is undergoing a renovation that will include an all new HD projection system with multiple new videos available. Several other major projects are planned for this off-season and more news on them will be posted as the projects move forward.

 Lake McConaughy

The surface water temperature at the dam is 72° F.  The lake elevation is 3256.8, which is 18.4 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 8.2 feet lower than normal full pool capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,466 cfs with outflow of 2,315 cfs.  The lake elevation has declined 0.4 feet in the last week.  The reservoir currently has a surface area of 27,700 acres.

Daytime angler success for walleye has improved slightly with most fish taken from deep water.  The majority of the recent walleye catch has been in 30-40 feet of water vertically slabbing near Lemoyne on the north shoreline or Lakeview to Ogallala Beach area along the south shoreline.  A few boat anglers at night on the dam face are trolling large crankbaits for walleye and wiper.  It needs to be noted that 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.

Some boat anglers are finding scattered success with white bass on the surface along the north shoreline from Cedar Vue to Lemoyne.  The best technique is casting spoons or jigs near rising shad.  A few have been taken trolling spinnerbaits or crankbaits in 30 feet of water near Lemoyne.

Bank and boat anglers have been having good success on channel catfish over most of the reservoir.  Anglers are having the best success using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.

With the higher water level usable concrete boat ramps for launching can be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside ramps, Otter Creek, Lemoyne Bay, Arthur Bay, Martin Bay, Spillway Bay and Lakeview ramps.  Boats could also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at North Shore Lodge.

Lake Ogallala

Surface water temperature is 67° F.  Rainbow trout fishing success has been fair for bank anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs.  Most fish caught range in size from 10-14 inches with an occasional larger fish up to 16 inches.   Boat anglers are trolling or casting spinners or spoons.  Fly fishermen have been using 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 flow into the canal is 1,435 cfs.  Success for rainbow trout has been fair with an occasional larger fish up to 18 inches.  The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, crawlers 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

Discharge from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river has decreased to 880 cfs.  With the lower flow success for rainbow trout has improved 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.

The Lake McConaughy Visitors and Water Interpretive Center is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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

Vogl's 8.8.15

photo:  Vogl’s Lodge & Lure (Master Angler caught 8.7.15)