Calendar of Events

Sep
29
Thu
5:00 pm Coffee & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Coffee & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come out to Lake McConaughy for a night of art and relaxation September 29 and 30, led by new park naturalist, Alison Bleich! Paint from the scenery, paint from various example or come up with[...]
Sep
30
Fri
5:00 pm Cider & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Cider & Canvas at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come out to Lake McConaughy for a night of art and relaxation September 29 and 30, led by new park naturalist, Alison Bleich! Paint from the scenery, paint from various example or come up with[...]
Oct
1
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.
Oct
2
Sun
1:30 pm Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Oct 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd and 9th 1:30-4:00pm Meet at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center Bring your walking shoes, water, and favorite journal out to the lake for a nature walk with the park naturalist. The first[...]

Outdoor Report

September 1, 2016

Lake McConaughy

The surface water temperature at the dam is 75° F and the lake elevation is 3258.6 which is 0.4 of a foot lower than the elevation last year on this date and 6.4 feet below normal full pool capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,823 cfs with outflow of 3,338 cfs.  The lake surface elevation has dropped 0.7 of a foot in the past week.

Daytime success for boat anglers targeting walleye continues to be focused primarily along the south shoreline from Lakeview east to Kelly Bay.  Most fish have been taken in 30-40 feet of water trolling a spinner-crawler combo with a bottom bouncer.  A few anglers are trolling a spinner bait with lead-core or vertically jigging with slab spoons.  Boat anglers that continue to fish the dam face at night are catching a few wipers, walleye and 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 spotty daytime success for white bass has been found by boat anglers following morning gull activity near Otter Creek and Sand Point along the north shoreline .  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, Otter Creek Bay, 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.

Lake Ogallala

The surface water temperature is 67° F.  Bank anglers have been having limited 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.

Keystone Canal

Discharge into the canal remains a near maximum of 1,569 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 a high irrigation release of 1,769 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.