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Lake Oliver

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Lake Oliver is a Reservoir in Muscogee, Georgia.

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Located on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, the Georgia Power Company operates this 2,150-acre reservoir. Recreational boating is heavy during the summer, but anglers usually do not encounter heavy boating traffic during early spring and late fall. Anglers should be on the lookout for the three fish attractor locations, marked with buoys.

Fishing Description: 

Best Bets: Black bass, bream & crappie

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth, spotted and shoal bass are all present. As the most abundant, expect average largemouth catches of 1 to 1 1/3 pounds. Spots should average 7-12 inches and just under 1/2 pound. Expect occasional catches of shoal bass in the tailwaters below Goat Rock Dam.

Good bait for bass are plastic worms, crankbaits and spinners.

For largemouth and spotted bass, target boat docks and fishing piers, but do not overlook rocky points, small coves and stumpy areas. In general, search for spots in deeper water than largemouth.

Fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish is most popular at Lake Oliver. Expect good bluegill fishing from April through May, with the average catch at 4-6 inches and 1/4 to 1/3 pound. Redear sunfish are larger, with some averaging closer to ½ pound.

Live worms work best. Crickets also are effective.

Target the backs of protected coves and sloughs for the best bream spots. Brush piles and structure also hold bream especially around the shoreline.

Crappie anglers should do well with most catches averaging 1/3 to 3/4 pound. Dedicated anglers can expect the occasional lunker size catch.

Various jigs are preferred, but minnows also are effective.

Favorite spots: the mouth of Standing Boy Creek and under Standing Boy Creek Bridge; the boat dock at Green Island Marina.

Channel catfish are in good supply and above average in condition.

Stink and cut baits, and night crawlers are effective.

For catfish, fish bait on or near the bottom in the river channel. Also, try fishing holes off docks where structure can be found.

Striped bass have been stocked and smaller catches should be available later in the year.


Camping Reservations: 706-643-7737 or 1-888-GPCLAKE

Boat Ramp: 

City Marina has 3 ramps.


City Marina (operated by the City of Columbus)

With its proximity to the City of Columbus and three paved boat ramps, City Marina is a popular recreation destination. It is located on the lower east side of Lake Oliver near the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and River Road along the cove at the mouth of Roaring Branch. Common recreation activities at the marina include bank fishing, pier fishing, tournament fishing, picnicking, and hiking on the Riverwalk (which connects City Marina to Columbus via Oliver Dam Road). Facilities provided at City Marina include a bait shop providing fishing supplies, gas, and refreshments (open most of the year), five boat docks, three boat launching lanes, a fishing pier, two expansive picnic areas, large parking area, and several bank fishing areas.


Additional fishing information can be obtained from City Marina at 706-653-4634

Lake Oliver
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