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August 27, 2015
The surface water temperature at the dam is 75° F. The lake elevation is 3259.6, which is 23.1 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 5.4 feet lower than normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,103 cfs with outflow of 2,892 cfs. The lake elevation has declined 0.8 foot in the last week. The reservoir currently has a surface area of 28,700 acres.
Daytime angler effort for walleye has slowed with limited success and no consistent pattern with most fish taken from deep water. Most of the walleye catch has been in 40-45 feet of water trolling a spinner and crawler combination or vertically slabbing in the general Lemoyne or Lakeview areas. 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.
Some boat anglers are targeting yellow perch again in the general Lemoyne and Lakeview areas in 30-35 feet of water fishing vertically with crawlers or minnows. Most perch caught are small with a few larger in the 9-10 inch range.
Boat anglers have been having some daytime success with white bass on the surface near gull feeding activity. The best technique is casting spoons or jigs.
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 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 an occasional larger fish up to 16 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 1,352 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has been good with an occasional larger fish up to 18 inches. The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, crawlers 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 to 1,540 cfs. With the higher flow success for rainbow trout has improved 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
photo: Vogl’s Lodge & Lure (Master Angler caught 8.7.15)