Lovewell Reservoir Fishing Information
|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, &amp; Location|
|Walleye||Fair||15-28 inches||Anglers have been catching a few walleye near the 2-mile road area. There are also some fish being caught shallow along the state park shoreline. Trolling a variety of crankbaits near Walleye Point and Cedar Point may also yield some 'eyes. There are occasional reports of fish being caught west near John's Creek and Montana Creek and they are usually above average size.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Fair to Good||9-16 inches|| |
Anglers should look for whites and wipers along the dam, especially right before dark as they seem to move in late in the day. Cedar Point and Cabin Point may also be holding some fish as well with anglers catching some while trolling a variety of crankbaits and casting Rattletraps and roadrunners in those areas..
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 good 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. Watch the weather and target areas of incoming water that will tend to concentrate the channel cats.
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 weather has made it difficult for the crappie to get a good spawn off and the bite has been sporadic. Anglers should begin looking for crappie in the main lake brushpiles and also target the transition areas closer to the spawning grounds. There are likely a few fish moving back into the traditional spawning grounds like Marina Cove, Windmill Creek, Johns' Creek, and Montana Creek. The fish can be caught with a jig slowly retrieved under a bobber.|
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!
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|Largemouth Bass||5*||15 inches|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination