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March 26, 2015
Fishing Report – Courtesy NGPC Fisheries Division
The surface water temperature at the dam is 37° F. The lake elevation is 3251.0, which is 12.2 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 14.0 feet below normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 880 cfs with increased outflow of 1,014 cfs. The lake surface elevation has not changed in the past week.
Daytime early spring effort by boat anglers targeting walleye from the dam to North Shore has been very limited to date. An occasional fish has been taken by drifting minnows in 25-30 feet of water when wind and weather conditions allow. Night effort along the dam has been very spotty 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.
Bank and boat 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. 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 and Spillway Bay ramps. Boats could also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at Lakeview and North Shore Lodge.
The surface water temperature is 38° F. Rainbow trout fishing success has been good for bank anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs. Most fish caught range in size from 10-14 inches with an occasional larger fish up to 22 inches. Boat anglers are trolling or casting spinners or spoons. Fly fishermen have been doing well with 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 997 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has been fair with most in the 10-14 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
At this time a winter ~17 cfs minimum release exists from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river 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. Again, 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