Columbia Lake, Columbia County

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7/29/17 @ 1:03 PM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (41%)
Waxing Crescent

The bass in Columbia have taken over the title of fish of 10,000 casts.  I would say if you put in a whole week fishing 8 hrs a day you make just get a crack at one.  

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7/29/17 @ 12:21 PM
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Kalo
Kalo
USER since 7/27/17

MOON PHASE (41%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fished for a couple hours late morning with worms on the bottom while casting spinners. Tiny catfish everywhere. Nothing else biting. Managed one 17 inch cat, nothing else was more than half that size. Couple other people out, didn't see any bass landed.

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4/25/17 @ 9:20 AM
Rippin'Lips
Rippin'Lips
USER since 1/22/17
Just found out about Columbia and was looking for any info on how the fishing is doing, it seems the reviews are very mixed. I'm mainly looking for information on the bass populations (wipers, smallie, and largemouth). Also some pictures show boats but I don't really see a spot to launch anywhere. Any information helps. PM me please. tight lines - Rippin'

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12/27/16 @ 10:05 PM
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justinm
justinm
USER since 5/5/02

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

With sketchy ice conditions my son and I decided to try Lake Columbia.  We fished for many hours and struggled to catch fish.  I did not see any signs of wipers or other game fish in the main lake.  I heard a weird report of crappies being caught by the spillway - maybe they where in the river I am not sure.  We didnt catch much but we documented our trip in a video. I was able to talk to my kid about all the giant wipers we used to catch but sadly I dont think he will ever get to experience it. 

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10/6/16 @ 11:18 PM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (27%)
Waxing Crescent

I have talked to DNR several times, with water temps last few years they are not interested in restocking. Lake is basically what its gonna be, some catfish and small panfish.


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10/6/16 @ 8:13 PM
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Crappieslayerz
Crappieslayerz
USER since 11/14/14

MOON PHASE (27%)
Waxing Crescent

Alright I see a lot of u guys loved this lake and now say it bad I'm only 14 but haven't been able to see the glory years what's wrong with it now water is bad or no stocking. How many of u would help me like share my gofundme. if I made an gofundme account for more wipers and largies to get stocked to help this lake come back again. You can pm me your thoughts or just comment

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7/14/16 @ 11:29 PM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waxing Gibbous

Sure miss the good old days on Columbia. It has been several years since it has been excellent fishing.  I wish Plant would still chip some money towards stocking, I am sure it wouldnt break the to put couple thousand dollars into stocking again.

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7/14/16 @ 10:59 PM
DaveI
DaveI
MEMBER since 7/3/01

I was the DNR Fish Manager for Sauk-Columbia counties when construction of the Columbia Generating Station started in the early 1970s.  

The 3 power companies that were building it were told by another state agency that no DNR permits were required because no part of the power plant were in the flood plain of the Wisconsin River.  This was easily proven wrong by DNR (the river floods the whole marsh in every normal Spring).  We also proved that the marsh was used by marsh-spawning walleye (like on the Fox R feeding L. Winnebago) and was used by Northern pike and Musky for spawning.

The power plant was already under construction when the DNR permitting hearings were held. They had started to build the "training" dike that was to be in the center of the cooling lake that would have extended from the river bank on the west to the railroad tracks on the east side.  The permit finally issued used the training dike for the western side of the cooling lake and  the railroad grade as the eastern side, cutting the side of the cooling lake in half (the future plans called for up to 5 generating plants on the site).

Since the training dike wasn't supposed to hold water in the lake, just to direct cooling water around from the power plant outlet and back to the inlet, no clay core was put in that dike. That dike leaks substantially into the marsh to the west, so makeup water is pumped in through the canal to the Wisconsin River on the west side

The power companies touted the value of the proposed cooling lake as a recreational resource, and provided land for a town or county park (which was never built), a boat launch, etc.  

When we pointed out that the projected water temperatures would probably prevent natural reproduction of most common game fish, the power companies said they would pay for fish stocking which they did for a few years.

The most successful fishery was started when the DNR got white/striped hybrids from Arkansas.  The power companies paid for that for a while and then stopped. The catfish in the cooling lake swam up the canal to the Wisconsin R, or were "stocked" illegally by anglers.

Other than high water temperatures, the main problem with the water quality in the cooling lake is that the water has to be chemically treated before it can be pumped through the power plants cooling system. This is done to prevent mineral deposits ("scale") in the cooling system pipes.

Those of you that were able to fish the lake in the few early "glory years" had a unique experience not likely to be reported.

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7/12/16 @ 8:06 AM
mudtrukker
mudtrukker
USER since 9/12/10

I've heard the same. I've also heard they've been pulling fish out with big metal baskets trying to eliminate the fish in the pond as much as possible and get rid of fishing here. The DNR does not pay the power plan anymore for the privilege of fishing therefore they're cutting it short.

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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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