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larry lowlife
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5/13/15 9:09 PM CST
Are there flatheads still in here in good numbers

lrdlt265
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3/16/15 5:32 PM CST
Has anyone been fishing this lately? Anything caught?

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2/22/15 1:37 PM CST
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.

lrdlt265
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2/21/15 5:11 PM CST
I have been talking to an employee from Alliant on facebook. That seems to be the best place to reach them.

RiverBassHunter
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2/20/15 9:56 PM CST
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.

fishaday
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2/19/15 9:50 PM CST
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2/19/15 9:46 PM CST
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.

bass abductor
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2/19/15 4:21 PM CST
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.

minners
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2/19/15 4:12 PM CST
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.

lrdlt265
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2/19/15 3:42 PM CST
Any idea what temp they usually spawn in? Or what the temp is now?

bass abductor
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2/18/15 11:19 PM CST
We have always taken water temperature readings when we fish Columbia, I can remember 90 plus degree water in summer when flathead fishing. The fish survived no problem many of those years. The inflow of water from the river on the cold side should be enough to keep plenty of fish alive even during the hottest water temps on the majority of the lake. I know the fish weren't able to spawn several years due to plant running very warm during March and April when the fish would usually spawn. I also had heard that there was a period where there was no water coming in from the overflow during the summer that the fish took a big die off. I don't see the harm in trying to stock some bass, and see what happens. Badgerbass is dead on about those fish surviving for years with hot water, I honestly think it was just some special circumstance that wiped the population out that summer about 7 or 8 years ago.

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2/18/15 10:29 AM CST
So if its stocked completely by private funds, and the DNR and taxpayers aren't out anything, what should they care if 5 years down the road the fish die off. Those fish survived for years in Columbia, not sure what killed them off the last time, but it may end up being a cycle.

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2/18/15 3:14 AM CST
The last time i talked to one of the inspectors at the plant who brought it up with supervision at Alliant he said This plant is to make electricity END OF STORY. take it from there. Don't look good

bass abductor
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2/17/15 11:56 PM CST
I must have received same email minners did on the issue. Basically what it comes down to is whether or not the plant plans on buring coal at the same rate it has in the past. The way it was worded was conversations need to be had with Alliant energy before anything moves further. I have attempted to contact Alliant directly but havent been able to get the right guy to answer my questions. I am hoping that the DNR will be able to talk to the plant and find out what future plans are. I will send Nathan from DNR an email asking if he can contact Alliant, otherwise get me a number that I can call to get some answers. Until then Newton lake here I come.

minners
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2/17/15 10:02 PM CST
Message me your email I can forward you the fish biologist response. Seems like they are open to it if power plant doesn't let the water temp get to hot for too long killing them all. Just doesn't sound like they or anyone else is in any real talks with Alliant energy about any kind of agreement or anything. Atleast when I asked that question I never got any kind of answer. Unless someone else knows otherwise.

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