Lovewell Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Slow 18-27 inches Anglers do not catch many walleye during the winter out here.  Best bets to catch some now would be to target deeper water along the river channel in the lower half of the reservoir.  During the day, fish can be found as deep as 25 feet, but they will move shallower at night.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

7-13 inches

12-25 inches

The best concentrations of white bass and wipers can be found in 20-25 feet of water off Walleye Point, off the dam in 10-15 feet of water, and in the John's Creek area in 8 to 10 feet.  Slabbing on the deeper schools of fish should work very well, but trolling along main lake points and casting a variety of small crankbaits and road runners will also work.

There is a big year class of wipers between 12 and 14 inches.  They look very similar to white bass so make sure and carefully identify your catch.  The daily creel limit on wipers is 2!

Crappie Fair 7-13 inches Anglers should be able to find very good numbers of crappie around the marina, close to the outlet area, off Cabin Point, and near Cedar Point.  Traditional methods include fishing with jigs and minnows or minnows only.  The fish can be found in 15-20 feet of water near brush during the day, but will move in shallow in the evening to feed.  There are a lot of smaller crappie to go along with fish over 10 inches and anglers are encouraged to release these young fish.  We also found decent numbers in some of the creeks including Windmill and John's Creek.

The reservoir is 100% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing at this time.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

ATTENTION ANGLERS: The crappie regulations at Lovewell will change in January 2019.  There will be a new creel limit of 20 fish per day and a minimum length limit of 10 inches for all crappie.  These regulations are intended to improve the quality and quantity of crappie in Lovewell and will be strictly enforced.

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.

Current water temperature:  100% Ice Covered         Current water level: 0.7 feet high

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!