Surface water temperature at the dam on May 17 was 54°F. Lake McConaughy is currently at 3,243.9 feet elevation (67.5% capacity).
CONSTRUCTION: A reminder that there are still several construction areas around the lake, including highways. Thanks for your patience and please drive safely and be aware of road workers.
FIREWORK BAN: Under the recommendation of local fire officials during current drought conditions, Keith County has banned the sale and usage of all fireworks, effective immediately. (5.18.22)
CAMPING: The temporary campfire ban remains in effect. Reservations are required beginning this weekend, May 20, for ALL public camping on the beach and in campgrounds at Lake Mac and Lake Ogallala SRAs. Reservation season continues through Sept. 11. Reserve online at CampLakeMac.com, through the RA Camping app, or at 308-284-8800. You can save time by buying your vehicle and fishing permits online at outdoornebraska.gov.
DOCKS AVAILABLE: Divers Bay, Spillway Bay, Lemoyne, Cedar View Lakeside, Lake Ogallala (both)
Seasonal Overview : With over 55 square miles of water and over 70 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. 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 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. Trout can be caught from open water on Lake Ogallala all winter. Anglers generally have success with fly-fishing small nymph patterns, as well as nightcrawlers and eggs on spinning tackle.