Calendar of Events

May
28
Thu
2:00 pm Native Bees Zoom Program
Native Bees Zoom Program
May 28 @ 2:00 pm
Native Bees Zoom Program
Join the Lake Mac and Ash Hollow park naturalist for a Zoom program on Native Bees Thursday, May 28 at 2 pm mountain time! (You will need to have downloaded Zoom ahead of time.) Native[...]
May
31
Sun
all-day POSTPONED Shut Up & Fish Tournament
POSTPONED Shut Up & Fish Tournament
May 31 all-day
This event has been POSTPONED to an undetermined date later this summer. From Vogl’s Lodge & Lure:  “Update: I received a letter from the Game and Parks Fisheries Division last Friday announcing that they have[...]
Jun
13
Sat
6:00 am Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye...
Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye...
Jun 13 @ 6:00 am
Launch will be from the back boat ramp at Cedar View. Check in: 6:00 to 6:45 a.m. Launch: 7:00 a.m. Weigh in: 3:00 p.m. Contact: Rose McCormick at 308-778-7216.
Jun
18
Thu
6:00 pm POSTPONED Sounds on the Square F...
POSTPONED Sounds on the Square F...
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Thursday evenings  (June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30) enjoy FREE live music from 6 to 9 pm at Rendezvous Square in downtown[...]

Outdoor Report

The walleye spawn at Lake McConaughy begins around the middle of April, and continues through the first part of May. From the middle of May to the Fourth of July, anglers target walleye and wipers using live bait or casting jigs to the shoreline.

 

Seasonal Fishing Overview

With 35,700 surface acres and over 100 miles of shoreline, Lake McConaughy is Nebraska’s largest reservoir and a popular year-round fishing and outdoor recreation destination.

Spring: The walleye spawn at Lake McConaughy begins around the middle of April, and continues through the first part of May. From the middle of May to the Fourth of July, anglers target walleye and wipers using live bait or casting jigs to the shoreline.

Summer:  Success with white bass, and small and large mouth bass can generally be found from May through the end of August casting jigs or lures to rocky points.  Walleye and wipers are targeted through August trolling lures and spinner baits.  Walleye and wipers are usually found off the face of Kingsley Dam or in bays off rocky points, although walleye are caught throughout the lake.  Yellow perch can be caught all summer throughout the lake using worms and wax worms.  Northern pike may sometimes be found at the west end of the lake casting lures and spinner baits. Rainbow trout, brown trout, and tiger trout can be caught in Lake Ogallala all summer, as well as in the river and supply canal. Anglers find success casting off boats or the shore as well as trolling.

Fall:  From Labor Day weekend through Thanksgiving, anglers slab for walleye and white bass on Lake McConaughy.   Catfish can be caught year-round, especially at the west end of the lake.

Winter:   Before and after the bays are iced in, success can still be found slabbing for walleye by Martin Bay or near Lemoyne.  Catfish can be caught year-round, especially at the west end of the lake.