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July 21, 2016
The surface water temperature at the dam is 75° F and the lake elevation is 3263.0 which is 0.2 of a foot lower than the elevation last year on this date and 2.0 feet below normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,056 cfs with outflow of 3,068 cfs. The lake surface elevation has dropped 1.0 foot in the past week.
Daytime success for boat anglers targeting walleye has been limited with the warm temperatures. Some anglers have taken some fish in 30-40 feet of water trolling crankbaits or spinner-crawler combos. The best areas have been from Otter Creek to Lemoyne along the north shoreline and Lakeview area on the south shoreline. Boat anglers that continue to fish the dam face at night are catching 5-8 pound wipers and 16-17 inch white bass trolling large crankbaits with bank anglers casting crankbaits or jigs. It should also 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. No more than one fish over 16 inches is allowed for wiper and white bass.
Some daytime success for white bass has been had near Otter Creek in 15-20 feet of water drifting crawlers or minnows. The upper size range of these fish has been 16-17 inches in length.
Channel catfish success from the bank or boat in the North Platter River has been good along with the Cedar Vue and Lakeview areas. Most catfish anglers have been using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp bait.
Usable concrete boat ramps for launching could be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside ramps, Lemoyne Bay, Arthur Bay, Martin Bay, Spillway Bay and Lakeview Bay ramps. Boats can also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at North Shore Lodge.
The surface water temperature is 67° F. Bank anglers have been having fair success catching rainbow trout using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs. Most fish caught range in size from 9-14 inches with an occasional larger fish up to 19 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.
Discharge into the canal remains a near maximum of 1,676 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has been good from the Diversion Dam downstream to below the Paxton syphon with some larger fish over 21 inches. The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, worms 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
Flow from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river is 1,864 cfs. 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. 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.