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: 3.5 feet low, releasing 212 cfs
Lake Temperature: 81 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: 8/27/2014
|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Walleye||Fair||15-28 inches||Try fishing around the dam, Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and Willow Point. Other fish will likely be found along the river channel between Walleye Point and Oak Creek. There have also been good reports on 2 Mile Road. This is the time of year that anglers do very well catching walleye while trolling along the dam in 4-10 feet of water using a variety of crankbaits.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Good||9-16 inches||
No change here. The inlet and outlet are great places to find whites and wipers this time of year with some water coming in and going out. Roadrunners and twistertails are tough to beat. Anglers have also been trolling along the dam and near Cedar Point and having decent success with some whites and wipers. We saw good numbers of larger wipers along the dam recently while sampling. There will also be fish congregated along the Cabin Point road bed and they can be caught by drifting or trolling along there. Night fishing with floating lights usually takes off in July and August off Cabin Point and Walleye 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 to Excellent||All Sizes||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.|
|Crappie||Fair||8-13 inches||The crappie will likely move deep for the summer and be tough to catch. Dedicated anglers should look around the fish attractors and at the mouth of the creeks as the crappie will hang around these areas feeding on young shad and other forage. Fishing minnows on a Kentucky rig is the best way to go in the summer as jigs just don't seem to work as well during the hot months.|
The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas. Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk .
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!