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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, shoal bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth and striped bass at Lake Oliver in Georgia.

Lake Oliver, GA

The North Highlands Dam, on the famous Chattahoochee River creates Lake Oliver, a 2,150-acre reservoir on the AL/GA border immediately northwest of Columbus. More than half of the 40 miles of shoreline is on the Georgia side.

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Lake Oliver, located on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. The lake offers excellent angling opportunities and a variety of fish species for both recreational and tournament fishermen.

Bass fishing is a major attraction at Lake Oliver. The lake is known for its abundant population of largemouth bass, offering anglers the chance to reel in trophy-sized fish. The numerous coves, submerged structures, and vegetation provide ideal habitats for bass. Anglers can use a variety of techniques such as casting with artificial lures, flipping, and pitching to target these prized game fish.

Catfish are another popular species in Lake Oliver, with channel catfish available for anglers to target. Catfish can be caught using various methods such as bottom fishing with cut bait, live bait, or prepared baits. The deeper channels and areas near submerged structures are often productive spots for catfish.

Crappie and sunfish are also abundant in Lake Oliver. Crappie, including both black crappie and white crappie, can be found around submerged structures, fallen trees, and brush piles. Anglers can use jigs, minnows, or small live bait to target these delicious panfish. Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, provide additional fishing opportunities for anglers, especially for families and youth anglers.

Striped bass are present in Lake Oliver and can provide an exciting angling experience. These hard-fighting fish can be caught using trolling techniques or by casting with artificial lures near submerged structures and along the river channel.

Lake Oliver in Georgia is a fantastic fishing destination, offering a diverse range of fish species including bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, and striped bass. Anglers can utilize different fishing techniques and explore the lake's various habitats to maximize their chances of success. With its boating and camping amenities, Lake Oliver provides a complete fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels.

Areas upriver from area housing developments, the city marina, North Highlands Recreation Area and Goat Rock Recreation Area all offer places for fishing from the bank. Largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish are favorites here, plus there are plenty of sunfish and hybrid stripers to pursue. Several boat ramps allow for launching of boats, with no horsepower limits.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Oliver

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Largemouth bass Shoal Bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Soptted Sunfish Warmouth Striped bass

Lake Oliver Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Lake Oliver, allowing anglers to access different fishing spots and cover more water. The lake offers various boat ramps and marinas for convenient launching and docking. Additionally, camping facilities are available in nearby parks, providing anglers with the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Oliver Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off River Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Lake Oliver Marina
5501 River Rd
Columbus, GA 31904
706 653-4634

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pass Through RV Park & Campground - 334 557-0800

Sawyer's Mobile Home Estates & RV Park - 334 298-7503

Lake Oliver GA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Oliver
Lake Oliver Marina
5501 River Rd
Columbus, GA 31904
706 653-4634


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