Calendar of Events

Feb
27
Sat
all-day Oregon Trails Home Show
Oregon Trails Home Show
Feb 27 – Feb 28 all-day
The Oregon Trail Home Show will be held Feb. 29 & March 1 at the Keith County Fairgrounds. Contact: Adams Peters (308)289-0151
Mar
15
Mon
all-day American Plains Artist Signature...
American Plains Artist Signature...
Mar 15 – May 22 all-day
American Plains Artist Signature Show
The Petrified Wood and Art Gallery of Ogallala will host the American Plains Artist Signature Show March 15 through May 22, 2021.   Opening and Closing Receptions will be March 15 and May 22, 2021 from[...]
May
1
Sat
all-day Catfish Classic
Catfish Classic
May 1 – May 2 all-day
Contact: Darrell Morrow (308)778-5879
May
22
Sat
all-day Shut Up & Fish
Shut Up & Fish
May 22 – May 23 all-day
Contact: Chad Vogl (308)355-2321

Outdoor Report

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.

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.

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.