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: 2.0 feet low, releasing 0 cfs
Lake Temperature: 70 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: 9/30/2014
|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Walleye||Fair||15-28 inches||Walleye fishing has been fairly slow this summer and there hasn't been a lot to report. Angling success should really increase with cooling water temperatures as the walleye bite very well when water temperatures are in the 60's and 50's. Best areas in the fall to locate walleye include Cedar Point, the dam, Walleye Point, and Cabin Point. Trolling crankbaits will often yields some fish, but fishing live bait also works very well.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Good||9-16 inches||
Anglers continue to report a few whites and wipers, but catch rates haven't been as high since the irrigation season came to an end. With no water coming in or going out the inlet and outlet areas aren't productive right now. The best numbers of white bass and wipers in the fall can normally be found on the west end of the reservoir around Oak Hill and Pawnee Point. Focusing on the river channel on the west end is a good place to start. There may also be decent numbers along the old roadbed off Cabin Point and around Cedar Point.
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||Good||All Sizes||
Same as last week. Anglers drifting with stinkbait and shrimp have been catching some catfish around the Cross, Walleye Point, and the dam. A couple of anglers have been chumming along the river channel west of Cedar Point and catching good numbers. Other anglers continue to run set lines with some success.
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||Fair||8-13 inches||The best time to catch Lovewell crappie is in October and November prior to ice formation. Water temperatures are still a little warm, but as things cool off into the 50's the crappie will really congregate around the brush piles, especially at Cedar Point. Anglers typically do well vertically jigging a variety of jigs, small slabs, and sliders. Minnows can also yield some crappie this time of year. There are several other productive brush piles that can be found on the Good Fishing Spots link below.|
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!