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July 20, 2015
Lake levels are continuing to hold steady as we approach the end of July here in the park. We expect to see a slow drop over the coming weeks but with higher than normal flows in both the South and North Platte Rivers, it’s difficult to predict.
Good beach areas continue to be all of Martin Bay, No-Name Bay, Arthur Bay west, Sundance Beach, Thies Bay, Sandy Beach, Lemoyne and Cedar Vue. There are also small beach areas at Spring Park, Omaha Beach, Marina Landing and Ogallala Beach. A swimming beach is located at the Blue Block at Martin Bay.
A reminder to park visitors to “Leave Only Your Footprints” after you visit our beautiful area. There are dumpsters located around the area for park user only.
The surface water temperature at the dam is 76° F. The lake elevation is 3263.4, which is 21.4 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 1.6 feet lower than normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,091 cfs with outflow of 1,800 cfs. The lake elevation has lowered 0.1 foot in the last week. Since early-May the reservoir has gained approximately 5,000 surface acres.
Daytime angler effort for walleye continues to be scattered around the entire reservoir with slower success as the water temperature warms. Most of the walleye catch has been at 30-40 feet of depth using a spinner and crawler combination. A few anglers have had limited success casting crankbaits or spinnerbaits near or over submerged brush. Boat anglers at night on the dam face are trolling large crankbaits and bank anglers are casting crankbaits or jigs for both walleye and wiper. It needs to 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 at the Otter Creek and Lemoyne Bay areas casting crankbaits, spinners or spoons.
Anglers have been having good success on channel catfish over most of the reservoir. Boat and bank anglers are having the best success using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.
With the higher water level usable concrete boat ramps for launching can be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside ramps, Otter Creek Bay, Gate 9, 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.
Surface water temperature is 67° 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 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 flow into the canal has increased to 1,431 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has been fair with an occasional larger fish up to 16 inches. The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, worms or dough baits. Daily bag limit for the Keystone Canal is 5 trout with no size limit.
North Platte River below the Keystone Diversion Dam
Discharge from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river has increased over the past two weeks to 494 cfs. With the higher flow success for rainbow trout has improved slightly 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
The Lake McConaughy Visitors and Water Interpretive Center is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
1475 HW 61 N
Ogallala, NE 69153
Photo: Nebraska Wings & Walleyes, 30″ walleye, caught & released