Calendar of Events

Jul
1
Wed
all-day Kites & Castles – Register in July
Kites & Castles – Register in July
Jul 1 – Jul 24 all-day
Kites & Castles - Register in July
Kites & Castles is going virtual this year! Preregistration required – please sign up during the month of July. You will have until July 25th to submit photos, videos, or timelapses to the Kites and[...]
Jul
11
Sat
all-day Ogallala Drovers Invitational Go...
Ogallala Drovers Invitational Go...
Jul 11 – Jul 12 all-day
Sign up online at visitogallala.com or call 308-284-4066.
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays June 13 through through October 3 at Rendezvous Square from 8 am to Noon. Participants will be selling vegetables, fruits and crafts from the Square and from[...]

Outdoor Report

July 3, 2020:  According to North Platte Telegraph outdoor columnist Rick Windham, “Anglers have been finding walleye by trolling in 15 to 25 feet of water up in the North Shore and Lemoyne areas. Deep running crankbaits with primarily red colors seem to be doing well. Other anglers are finding walleyes that are moving into the trees in the Arthur Bay to North Shore areas.”   CLICK HERE for a link to the latest Rick’s Picks column in the NP Telegraph.

Seasonal Overview:  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.

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.