Outdoor report lake mcconaughy gas efficient suv 2014

The surface water temperature at the dam is 54° F with the lake elevation at 3256.2 which is 0.8 of a foot higher than last year on this date and 8.8 feet below normal full pool capacity. Inflow into Lake McConaughy has increased to 2,302 cfs with outflow of 912 cfs. The lake surface elevation has increased 0.8 of a foot in the past week.

Recent rain and storm events have slowed the catch overall but a forecast of stable warm temperatures should allow the success to again improve. Daytime boat anglers targeting walleye have focused along the north shoreline from Martin Bay to Lemoyne and recently moving further west to near Cedar Vue in 10-15 feet of water drifting crawler rigs or Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers. Most fish are in the 17-22 inch range with occasional larger walleye 7-12 pounds. Night time walleye success along the dam for boat and bank anglers has slowed significantly. Anglers are using crankbaits or casting jigs. It should be noted that all boats are prohibited within 200 feet of the Kingsley Dam outlet and morning glory 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.

Some anglers are still targeting large wipers in the Martin Bay area casting feather jigs or twister tails along the shoreline. Occasional white bass and smallmouth bass have also been caught. 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.

Usable concrete boat ramps for launching could be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside ramps, Lemoyne Bay, Arthur Bay, Martin Bay, Spillway Bay and Lakeview ramps. Boats could also be launched with four wheel drive vehicles from the beach at North Shore Lodge.

The surface water temperature is 56° F. Rainbow trout fishing success has been slow with bank anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs. Most fish caught range in size from 10-12 inches with an occasional larger fish up to 14 inches. Boat anglers are trolling or casting spinners or spoons. Fly fishermen have been using bead head nymph patterns or streamers. Anglers are reminded the daily bag limit in Lake Ogallala is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches.

Discharge into the canal is a flow of 882 cfs. Success for rainbow trout has been good with some larger fish in the 16-18 inch range. The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, worms or dough baits. The daily bag limit for the Keystone Canal is 5 trout with no size limit.

A minimum flow release of 41 cfs exists from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river Success for rainbow trout has been fair with most anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners or spoons. Fly fishermen have been using weighted nymph patterns, streamers or midge patterns. Anglers are reminded the daily bag limit in the North Platte River below the Diversion Dam is 5 trout with no more than one over 16 inches.