Outdoor Report

The night bite on the face of the dam has been good for many different species of fish. Catfish are being caught all over the lake, along with small mouth bass being caught on the rocky points of the south side of the lake and the face of the dam. Walleye success can still be found, especially near Sand Point and the west end of the lake in the trees.

Martin Bay low water (near the base of the dam)
Divers Bay/ Burma Road
Cedar View lake side
Lake Ogallala (Both)
Surface water temp at the dam this week was 72F. Lake McConaughy’s elevation is 3,236.9 = 1,019,300ac-ft (58.5% capacity) Current data can always be found at https://cnppid.com/lake-river-data/
Reservation season is here, so remember to go online at https://outdoornebraska.gov/ and click reservations on the top right corner of the screen, use the RA Camping app, or call the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center at 308-284-8800.

July 13-13: Hobie Tropical Dreams Regatta
July 27: Kites & Castles

A REMINDER to please be careful with fires. Fires must be in a pit and no larger than three feet. Don’t leave a fire unattended and check your surroundings around and above before starting your camp fire. 

There are also lots of opportunities to stay at a hotel, cabin, or private campground – check www.ilovelakemac.com for listings!

WEATHER here can CHANGE VERY QUICKLY. Anyone may sign up for local alerts with Regroup, a FREE emergency notification service: https://embeds.regroupcloud.com/orgs/keithcountyne/signup_embed

A REMINDER:  If you have the need for law enforcement while at the lake, please call North Platte State Patrol Dispatch at 308-535-8047 or 911 for emergencies. The local Game and Parks number is 308-284-8800.

Be aware that Martin Bay and Arthur Bay are no-wake bays year round.
Remember to purchase your required vehicle entry permit and fishing permit ahead of time online at www.OutdoorNebraska.gov or via a local permit vendor to avoid lines. Non-Nebraska registered motorized boats are required to have an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) sticker, which can be purchased in advance as well.

Seasonal Fishing Overview :  With over 55 square miles of water (at full pool) and over 70 miles of shoreline, Lake McConaughy is Nebraska’s largest reservoir and a popular year-round fishing and outdoor recreation destination.

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.

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.

PLEASE BRING PFDs for the whole family and make sure everyone wears them. Life jackets save lives! PFDs are available for check-out free of charge at the visitor center.

• NEBRASKA STATE PARK ENTRY PERMITS are required for all vehicles. These are needed in addition to camping reservations. Save time by buying vehicle and fishing permits online in advance at https://OutdoorNebraska.gov.

•The possession and consumption of ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas.
• ATVs and UTVs are prohibited at the recreation areas.
• ALL PETS must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
• BE AWARE that you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to drive on the beach. Roads are not improved once you get off Shoreline Road.
• NO GLASS on the beach. PACK OUT everything you bring with you and leave only your footprints, please. Recycling locations: Lake McConaughy Visitor Center, Lemoyne Senior Center, Van’s Lakeview, Martin Bay, Sandy Beach, Lake Ogallala, Lone Eagle Campground, Little Thunder Campground, Eagle Canyon Campground.


Calendar of Events

6:00 pm Sounds on the Square Summer Conc...
Sounds on the Square Summer Conc...
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 6 @ 9:00 pm
Mark your calendars for a great summer of FREE LIVE MUSIC at Rendezvous Square in Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends for these free Friday night concerts from 6 to 9 p.m: May[...]
8:00 pm Live Music at Admiral’s Cove – P...
Live Music at Admiral’s Cove – P...
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Platinum Pearls will be performing hits from all genres & decades at Admiral’s Cove on Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 pm.  $5 cover.
3:30 pm Writing Workshop at the Library ...
Writing Workshop at the Library ...
Jul 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The public is invited to a free Humanities Nebraska program Monday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kathleen Lute Public Library in Ogallala. Twyla M. Hansen will present a writing workshop: Playing Around With[...]