Calendar of Events

Mar
30
Thu
5:00 pm Take A Walk In The Park Day
Take A Walk In The Park Day
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm
Take a Walk in the Park Day Help celebrate national “Take a Walk in the Park Day” out at the Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends out for[...]
Mar
31
Fri
7:00 pm Ash Hollow Star Party
Ash Hollow Star Party
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be hosting a “Star Party” at Ash Hollow State Historical Park on Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm. Follow the road up the hill towards the visitor’s center, and[...]
May
17
Wed
5:00 pm Let’s Talk Trees
Let’s Talk Trees
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
Let’s Talk Trees Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalist for a walk at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 pm.  We will discuss the trees that grow around the lake[...]

Outdoor Report

March 24, 2017

Lake McConaughy

The surface water temperature at the dam is 38° F and has been increasing approximately one degree per week this month.  The lake elevation is 3253.7 which is 2.3 feet lower than the elevation last year on this date and 11.3 feet below normal full pool capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,270 cfs with outflow of 1,795 cfs.  The lake surface elevation has declined 0.3 foot in the past week.

Daytime early spring effort by boat anglers targeting walleye has been very limited to date.  Most of the effort has been from Martin Bay west to near North Shore Lodge vertically slabbing in 40-50 feet of water.  Little night effort along the dam has been observed as the walleye spawning run has not yet begun.  It should 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.

Channel catfish success in the area near Otter Creek, and west, has been slow.  Most anglers have been using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp baits.

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 ramps.  Boats could also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at North Shore Lodge.

Lake Ogallala

The surface water temperature is 39° 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 10-12 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 into the canal is a near maximum flow of 1,769 cfs.  Success for rainbow trout has been fair with some larger fish in the 16-18 inch range.  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

A minimum  flow release of 26 cfs exists from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river   Success for rainbow trout has been slow 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.