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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, rainbow trout, white bass, yellow perch, wiper and northern pike at Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

Lake McConaughy, NE

The largest reservoir in Nebraska, Lake McConaughy is a sprawling 35,700-acre lake offering water sports galore. A favorite vacation spot for Nebraskans, it is located in the southwest part of the state, with easy access off I-80.

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Lake McConaughy, located near Ogallala, Nebraska, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. Spanning over 35,000 acres, this expansive reservoir offers exceptional fishing opportunities. Lake McConaughy is known for its diverse fish population, making it a favorite spot for anglers of all levels. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, white bass, catfish, striped bass, and wiper. Anglers can explore the lake's underwater structures, rocky points, and submerged vegetation to target these prized fish.

All types of boating from kayaks and canoes to sailing and water-ski boats, join a variety of fishing boats to enjoy this water wonderland. Surrounded by plenty of camping and RV parks, as well as lodging options, there are plenty of choices for places to lay your head after a day on the water. There is a broad spectrum of fish species to entice most any angler. Bass, trout, walleye, catfish, sunfish and northern pike all reside here and compete for the plentiful food supply. Rocky shorelines, a few docks and plenty of brush provide cover for the fish and baitfish that make this a great fishing lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake McConaughy

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Rainbow trout White Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Lake McConaughy Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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In addition to fishing, Lake McConaughy provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the lake's vast waters, taking in the breathtaking views and tranquil atmosphere. The lake allows for various water activities, such as motor boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Whether it's a leisurely boat ride or an exciting water sports adventure, Lake McConaughy offers an enjoyable boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Big Mac Marina
Rentals: Kakaks and pontoon boats
308 726-5598

Lake Mac Bivouac Rentals
Rentals: Kayaks
308 750-9232

Van’s Lakeview Fishing Camp
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
308 284-4965

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Big Mac Boat Launch Ramps
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Arthur Bay Public Road #2, these are two, one-lane, concrete ramps with paved parking.

Cedar View Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Cedar View Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Burma Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Lake View Campground Launch Areas
Located mid lake, on the southwest side of the lake, off Lakeview West Road, there are several options for launching based on water level, mostly gravel ramps and parking.

Leymone Boat Ramps
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Leymone Road, these are two, two-lane, concrete ramps with gravel parking.

Martin Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Martin Bay Recreation Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Spillway Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Highway 61, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Big Mac Marina
302 NE-92
Lemoyne, NE 69146
308 726-5598

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Camping options are available near Lake McConaughy, allowing visitors to extend their stay and fully embrace the natural beauty of the area. The lake offers multiple campgrounds with amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, and access to hiking trails and picnic areas. Camping near Lake McConaughy provides the opportunity to wake up to serene lake views, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience the tranquility of the surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cedar Vue Campground - 308 284-8800

Eagle Canyon Hideaway Campground - 308 287-2673

Arthur Bay Campground - 308 284-8800

Lake View Campground - 308 284-4965

Spillway Bay Campground - 308 284-8800

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Contact Information

Lake McConaughy
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
1475 NE-61
Ogallala, NE 69153
308 284-8800


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Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

Fishing at Lake McConaughy, in Nebraska.

Bass, catfish, trout, walleye and northern pike fishing in southwest NE.