GPS Location: N39 53 25.20 W98 1 41.48
Impoundment Type: Reservoir
Surface Acres: 2,986 acres
Maximum Depth: 35 feet
Normal Lake Level: 1582.6 feet
Current Lake Level: 2.5 feet low, releasing 0 cfs
Lake Temperature: Ice still present, but not safe for fishing
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|Largemouth Bass||5*||15 inches|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 1/26/2015
|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Walleye||Slow||15-28 inches||We collected some very nice walleye this fall during our annual test netting in October. Fish over 20 inches were common with the biggest at 28 inches or 8 pounds. Best areas to fish for walleye now include Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and Cabin Point. They will come shallow in the evening and early morning to feed and are available to be caught at these times.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Slow||9-16 inches||
Anglers haven't been fishing for whites and wipers much lately, but we did find decent numbers in a few areas. Fishing along the dam, around Oak Hill, near the Cross, and off Cabin Point would be some good places to start. The fish are feeding heavily on shad right now so slabbing, trolling crankbaits, and casting windblown points are all good methods to try now.
Many anglers have been caught with more than two wipers recently at Lovewell due to misidentification of white bass and wipers. There are good numbers of 12-14 inch wipers in the reservoir now that can be confused with white bass. Anglers should make sure they can positively identify each fish they catch. For help on distinguishing between the two species go to this website and click on the "Fish I.D. Poster--Temperate Bass Family" link to read up on the differences. You will get ticketed for possessing more than 2 wipers at Lovewell!
|Channel Catfish||Slow||All Sizes||
Catfish can be found lakewide right now as our fall netting revealed a nice population of cats. Anglers might want to target the upper half of the reservoir as we found good numbers of fish up to 12 pounds there, but the area around Walleye Point is also very good this time of year.
There are blue catfish in the reservoir and we are asking anglers to please release any they catch. We would like to allow them to grow and reproduce so they can become a self-sustaining population. There are also several hundred with yellow tags that we are asking anglers to release as these fish are part of an age and growth study. Thank you for your cooperation.
|Crappie||Slow||8-13 inches||Crappie can be caught this time of year at Lovewell, and the last open water before ice formation can be some of the best fishing of the year. Anglers will want to target the deep brush piles, specifically off Cedar Point, Cabin Point, and the marina. The crappie tend to concentrate in these areas as the water cools and can be caught using minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows.|
The reservoir is 99% ice covered now, but there is no safe ice for fishing. The boat ramps are still iced in so there is also no boat access at this time.
Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.
For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Lovewell Reservoir" link above this report.
Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!