Nebraska's Lake McConaughy Area Fishing Report April 11, 2012

Surface water temperature at the dam is 43° F.  The lake elevation is 3254.6, which is 1.4 foot lower than the elevation last year on this date, and 10.4 feet lower than normal full capacity.  Inflow into Lake McConaughy is 718 cfs with outflow of 1,687 cfs.  The lake elevation has decreased 0.4 foot in the last week.

Angler success for walleye at night along Kingsley Dam was very good this past weekend with some larger fish in the 7-12 pound range.    Boat anglers are trolling large crankbaits and bank anglers are casting crankbaits or jigs.  A few walleye have been taken during daylight hours near the dam or Martin Bay on slabs in 40-50 feet of water.  Anglers should be reminded that from sunset to sunrise, April 1 to 30, any boat within 30 yards of Kingsley Dam must travel in a south-to-north (counter-clockwise) direction.  Also, all boats are prohibited within 200 feet of the Kingsley Dam outlet and morning glory structures.

Channel catfish success has been good in the Marina Landing and west area.  Boat and bank anglers are having the best success using shad entrails, cut-bait or frozen shrimp.

Usable concrete boat ramps for launching can be found at the Cedar Vue lakeside.and bayside ramps, Otter Creek Bay, Lemoyne Bay, Arthur Bay, Martin Bay, Sports Service Bay, and Lakeview.

Lake Ogallala
Surface water temperature is 45° F.  Rainbow trout fishing success has been only fair for boat anglers with better catches by bank anglers.  Fish size ranges from 10-17 inches with some larger fish up to 8 pounds.   Boat anglers are trolling or casting spinners or spoons.  Bank anglers are using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners, spoons or jigs.  Fly fishermen have been doing well with weighted nymph patterns or streamers.

Keystone Canal
Flow in the canal has been reduced to 686 cfs.  Success for rainbow trout has been good with larger fish up to 20 inches.  The most popular technique has been drifting salmon eggs, worms or dough baits.  The largest rainbow verified to date is 7 lbs 15 oz.

North Platte River below Keystone Diversion
Discharge from the Keystone Diversion Dam into the river has been increased to a flow of 1,001 cfs.  Success for rainbow trout has been good with most anglers using worms, salmon eggs, dough baits or casting spinners or spoons.  Fly fishermen have again been doing well with weighted nymph patterns or streamers.  Small yellow perch are being caught on crawlers and artificials.

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