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: 0.1 feet ABOVE conservation, releasing 0 cfs
Lake Temperature: 44 degrees
|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: 3/17/2015
|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Walleye||Fair to Good||15-28 inches||Walleye can be caught from the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir as they prepare for the spawn which will begin any day now. Anglers should try fishing slab spoons and swim baits along the channel edges during the day and fish shallower in the evenings and mornings. The fish can often be found in 8-10 feet of water near the dam and along the south shore this time of year. Remember the inlet is closed to fishing until April 15th to discourage illegal harvest of walleye in that area during the spawn.|
|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 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||Good||All Sizes||
There is a very good spring catfish bait going on right now as the fish will often move into the shallow water to feed on dead shad and other fish. Anglers should focus their efforts on the upper end of the reservoir and the backs of coves. Baits of choice now include shad gizzards, shad sides, and chicken leiver.
There is a new 35 inch length limit on blue catfish. All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately. Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.
|Crappie||Fair||8-13 inches||Crappie can be caught this time of year at as they are likely still schooled up on the river channel breaks and near the brush piles. 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 river channel bends between Cedar Point and the dam are also prime areas to target crappie in March.|
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!