Outdoor Report

April 20, 2015

Lake McConaughy

The surface water temperature at the dam is 46° F.  The lake elevation is 3250.2, which is 11.7 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 14.8 feet lower than normal full pool capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,364 cfs with outflow of 1,747 cfs.  The lake elevation has decreased 0.3 foot in the last week.

Recent daytime success for boat anglers targeting walleye has been very inconsistent to date with less than desirable wind or rain conditions.   Angler pressure for walleye at night along Kingsley Dam has been concentrated with the spawning run progressing into the third week.  Success has been good with most fish in the 16-22 inch range with some larger fish up to 14 pounds.   Boat anglers on the dam face are trolling large crankbaits and bank anglers are casting crankbaits or jigs.  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.  Also, 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 in addition to the North Platte River casting crankbaits, spinners or spoons.

Channel catfish success in the Otter Creek area, and west, has been spotty.  Boat and bank anglers are having the best success using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.

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.

Lake Ogallala

Surface water temperature is 48° F.  Rainbow trout fishing success has been fair 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 some larger fish up to 21 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 flow has again recently increased in the past week to 1,721 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

At this time a winter 26 cfs minimum flow 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.

Superintendent’s Note:

Spring has finally arrived here in the park and that has come with longer days and warming temperatures. We will begin to open park facilities near the end of this month and this process will continue until late May. Water is currently on at Lake Ogallala modern campground but the showers have not been opened yet. Lone Eagle campground will remain closed to the public until May 15th for infrastructure improvements.

We recently installed a new concrete primitive restroom into the modern campground at Lake Ogallala. This new restroom is the first of its kind in the park. An ADA accessible parking pad will be installed adjacent to the restroom in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events:

May 16th is Free Park Entry and Fishing Day at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala as well as all the parks around the state. In recognition of this day, we will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” from 9:00 am to Noon at the Lake Mac Visitor’s Center for interested visitors. Coffee and rolls will be available. This will be an excellent opportunity for the public to get a chance to chat with Game and Parks staff about the Lake McConaughy.

Visitors Center:

The Lake McConaughy Visitors and Water Interpretive Center is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 and closed on Sunday.

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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
(308) 284-8800
1475 HW 61 N
Ogallala, NE 69153
email: ngpc.lake.mcconaughy@nebraska.gov