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April 19, 2016
The surface water temperature at the dam is 44° F and the lake elevation is 3256.2 which is 6.0 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 8.8 feet below normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is approximately 1,700 cfs with outflow of 901 cfs. The lake surface elevation has increased 0.5 foot in the past week.
Daytime success for boat anglers targeting walleye has been very inconsistent to date because of unsettled weather with a few fish caught in the 14-18 inch range. Angler pressure for walleye at night along Kingsley Dam is strong as the spawning run is heading into the third week. Success has been good with most fish in the 17-22 inch range with some larger fish up to 12 pounds. Boat anglers on the dam face are trolling large crankbaits and bank anglers are casting crankbaits or jigs. Boat 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. 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.
Bank anglers are taking an occasional northern pike from open water at the Otter Creek and Lemoyne Bay areas casting crankbaits, spinners or spoons.
Channel catfish success in the area near Otter Creek, and west, has been very limited again because of unsettled weather. 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, Martin Bay, Spillway Bay and Lakeview Bay ramps. Boats could also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at North Shore Lodge.
The surface water temperature is 46° F. Rainbow trout fishing success has been only fair for bank anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs. Most fish caught range in size from 10-13 inches with an occasional larger fish up to 18 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 has increased to 886 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has been good 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 15 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.
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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
1475 HW 61 N
Ogallala, NE 69153