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May 26, 2015
The surface water temperature at the dam is 55° F, up slightly from 54° F last week. The lake elevation is 3253.2, which is 13.8 feet higher than the elevation last year on this date and 11.8 feet lower than normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy has increased to 3,521 cfs with outflow of 320 cfs. The lake elevation has gained 0.7 foot in the last week.
Most daytime angler effort for walleye continues to be scattered along the north shoreline from Martin Bay to Sand Point. Fish in the 16-26 inch range have been taken in 5-15 feet of water using a Lindy rig and crawler. A few anglers have had success casting crankbaits near submerged brush around Lakeview on the south shoreline. Boat anglers at night and daytime on the dam face are trolling large crankbaits and bank anglers are casting crankbaits or jigs. 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 in addition to the North Platte River casting crankbaits, spinners or spoons. Bank anglers around Martin Bay and on the dam have been having success casting jigs specifically for wiper and white bass.
Prior to the cooler weather pattern channel catfish success in the Otter Creek, Cedar Vue and North Platte River areas had improved dramatically. Boat and bank anglers are having the best success using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.
Usable concrete boat ramps for launching can be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside ramps, Otter Creek Bay, 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 58° 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 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.
Discharge into the canal flow has holding steady at 310 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has improved with the lower flow 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 12 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.
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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
1475 HW 61 N
Ogallala, NE 69153