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October 12, 2018
Surface water temps on Lake McConaughy are ranging from the upper 50s to low 60s. The lake elevation is 3,253 feet or 80.8% of capacity. That is slightly higher than the elevation last year at this time, when it was 3,251. Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 1,240 cfs with outflow of 109.
Recent colder temps have driven fish into deeper water, and success has been sporadic along the dam for boat and bank anglers. It should be noted that all boats are prohibited within 200 feet of the Kingsley Dam outlet 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. The daily bag limit for wipers and white bass is 15 with no more than one fish over 16 inches in combination. The daily bag limit for smallmouth bass is 5 with a minimum size limit of 15 inches and only one fish 21 inches or longer.
Anglers are reminded the daily bag limit in Lake Ogallala is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches, while the daily bag limit in the North Platte River below the Diversion Dam is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches.