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: 1.0 feet ABOVE conservation, releasing 0 cfs
Lake Temperature: 58 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: 4/17/2015
|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Walleye||Fair to Good||15-28 inches||The walleye spawn is beginning to wind down and anglers have been catching fish in a variety of areas just before dark. Fishing rocky shorelines along the state park shoreline and around the swim beach has been productive. The fish typically move to the river channel ledges post spawn and anglers can find them in 15 to 20 feet of water between the dam and Cedar Point.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Fair to Good||9-16 inches||
The white bass spawn is just about to gear up and the fish will begin to move toward the rocky shorelines for their annual spawning event. The dam is a great place to find these guys as well as the rocky shoreline along the state park, and near Oak Creek. Anglers casting white and chartreuse twister tails or roadrunners have the best success. Boat anglers also troll a variety of crankbaits in those areas and will have some success.
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 bite 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 liver.
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||The crappie spawn is just a week or two away when the fish will begin to move in shallow. Anglers will have to look for them a bit this year with the water level a foot high, there will be lots of flooded vegetation for them to spawn around. Any of the major creeks on the west end can be productive as can the small inlet coves along the state park shoreline and around the Marina. Jigs slowly retrieved under a bobber work well, but minnows floated under a bobber are also very effective.|
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!