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October 6, 2016
The surface water temperature at the dam is 70° F and the lake elevation is 3257.5 which is 0.5 of a foot higher than the elevation last year on this date and 7.5 feet below normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 2,532 cfs with outflow of 1,584 cfs. The lake surface elevation has increased 0.4 of a foot in the past week.
Daytime success for boat anglers targeting walleye is focused primarily along the north end of the dam west to Arthur Bay. Most fish have been taken in 30-40 feet of water vertically jigging with slab spoons. A few anglers are spin-casting jigs along the same shoreline in 12-15 feet of water. 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 daytime success for white bass has been found by boat anglers in 25-35 feet of water along the north shoreline from Martin Bay west to Lemoyne . These fish range in size from 10-17 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.
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.
There is zero flow into the canal as NPPD is conducting inspection and repair work.
North Platte River below the Keystone Diversion Dam
Flow from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river is a high irrigation release of 1,584 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.