Columbia Lake, Columbia County

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2/28/16 @ 5:03 PM
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Fishin_time2302
Fishin_time2302
USER since 1/25/16

MOON PHASE (71%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F
Went out today and fished the West side. Walked almost all the way to the plant casting as I went. Had on hit but I failed to seal the deal... Managed to catch a 4" Gill... 3 other guys out there. Didn't seem like anyone had and luck.

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2/6/16 @ 6:03 PM
lrdlt265
lrdlt265
USER since 2/10/15
I don't think so. We were fishing there end of January.

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2/5/16 @ 1:47 PM
JusTwaiT
JusTwaiT
USER since 5/1/15
I heard this lake is closed to fishing? Is this true? Please let me know. Thanks.

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12/27/15 @ 4:25 PM
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lrdlt265
lrdlt265
USER since 2/10/15

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
We went end of October....no bites on fatties. Caught a bunch of little ones as usual. Where does everyone fish when they go here?

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12/3/15 @ 4:57 PM
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Voldemort
Voldemort
USER since 5/27/08

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
Went out on Black Friday, only stayed about an hour and a half (brutal wind). We were very pleased with the amount of action. We only managed one twenty pounder Flatty. But a lot of hefty drive bys. Tight Lines

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12/1/15 @ 2:00 AM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (65%)
Waning Gibbous
Anybody been out lately, our latest adventure didn't produce a fish, but I know a few cats are still in there.

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5/13/15 @ 9:10 PM
larry lowlife
larry lowlife
USER since 11/21/11
Are there flatheads still in here in good numbers

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3/16/15 @ 5:32 PM
lrdlt265
lrdlt265
USER since 2/10/15
Has anyone been fishing this lately? Anything caught?

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2/22/15 @ 1:38 PM
denesox
denesox
USER since 2/1/06
In terms of LMB and SMB, they generally set up and get ready to spawn, only to have the temps shoot up and then they do more often than not just re-absorb the eggs, leading to virtually zero natural reproduction.

Unfortunately warm temps are the LEAST of the concerns on this lake at the moment. Water quality is the issue, with the ph fluctuating wildly. At one point it got so bad that they were dumping in fesh water from the river to attempt to dilute the problems...it did not work and currently its just not a good place for bass (wipers included) to survive...much less thrive as they once did.

You could raise 10million dollars and put it all into stocking this lake today and the results would be the same as doing nothing. The lake was designed to cool a plant that was a certain size, its now expanded way beyond its original plans and the lake is simply too small.

I hate to say it, but the good old days are behind us, probably for good. It would take a massive undertaking to expand the lake to an appropriate size to make this lake a fishery again.

I really miss this lake, days of catching 50-100 wipers in an afternoon are gone in this state...do accomplish this we now need to take a ride to an Illinois cooling plant lake....the loss of this lake makes me very, very sad, but I'm glad I was able to take advantage of it while it was good...good, it was simply unbelievable.

Water quality should be priority #1, unfortunately that needs to be fixed before any talk of stocking again even begins.

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2/21/15 @ 5:12 PM
lrdlt265
lrdlt265
USER since 2/10/15
I have been talking to an employee from Alliant on facebook. That seems to be the best place to reach them.

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2/20/15 @ 9:57 PM
RiverBassHunter
RiverBassHunter
USER since 12/28/12
I have not heard from either the DNR or Alliant. I have sent both a few emails over the last 2 weeks, and have not gotten anything.

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2/19/15 @ 9:50 PM
fishaday
fishaday
USER since 12/21/14
Smile

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2/19/15 @ 9:46 PM
DaveI
DaveI
MEMBER since 7/3/01
Remember, that Columbia Lake was built as an INDUSTRIAL cooling lake. The only reason the power companies agreed to fish stocking in the first place was to cover the LOSS of natural spawning marsh for walleye, northern pike and muskellunge.

Water temperature is not the only trigger for bass spawning, photoperiod (day length) is also a factor. If fish with a defined spawning period don't spawn when they're ready because conditions aren't right, they'll resorb the eggs.

The wipers (White/Striped bass hybrids) worked for several reasons: they're sterile (which means there shouldn't be a concern about introducing an "exotic", beside they were already stocked in Wisconsin); the primary forage base in Columbia Lake - shad - is one of their preferred prey species; and they can tolerate the higher water temperatures (up to a point).

Tolerance of warmer water is why some catfish (especially flatheads) do OK there too.

If I were you, I'd push for a permit to buy and stock wipers, and remember VHS (THE FISH VIRUS) is already in the receiving water, so that shouldn't be a reason for denial.

Also be aware that the Dept. of Agriculture has to approve any fish stocking where there's a disease concern.

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2/19/15 @ 4:21 PM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
It seemed like the largemouth used to spawn in March/early April. Water temps could be anywhere from 60 on cold side to 85 on warm side. I honestly believe they were spawning because of length of day was getting longer. They could technically spawn anytime during winter because of water temps being warm enough. I didn't say much about this in the past but there was a big smallmouth boom 2 years ago, they seem to have just about disapperared but I am not joking when I say that is was the best smallmouth fishing that I have seen in the lake in 12 years. Lots of numbers and size.

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2/19/15 @ 4:13 PM
minners
minners
USER since 1/20/07
I agree with you guys. Put some fish in there and see what happens. I bet they would do just fine. Need to stock it maybe a couple years in a row to get some different age classes in there. So seems like thee is no problem with someone stocking bass in there. I think would need to get a permit from the DNR. Seems like the biologist would be willing to help with that. So really just need about $5,000 to purchase a decent amount of larger sized bass to put in there.

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