Columbus Lake Confusion


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By Smitty - Posted on 27 July 2009

I would give a report, but it can't seem to get on these summer fish. The last couple springs I've done fairly well, but this summer fishing over there is something new for me (fairly new to area). I had some decent trips up the creek the past few weeks before the water got muddy, but after the rain I decided to look around main lake. Saturday,

I fished a couple tops in old river runs around 50 without much luck. Also drifted around the back bar pits without much luch either. Do ya'll fish in the navigation channel much? Just wondered if you guys could point me in the right direction. Thanks.

Ray's picture

Hey Smitty and welcome to the site. I fish the Columbus lake a great deal. The crappiei on Columbus lake at this time are very finicky in what bait they bite and what cover they are holding on. The good news is it seems when you find them they are kind of grouped up.
Try the main navigation channel and the very mouth of the old runs where they spill out into the main channel. Go ahead and fish up as shallow as 6 feet deep early and out to 14 feet deep later in the day. When you move out deeper hold your jig up about 10 feet deep. On the main channel look for areas where the cut is close to the bank in the turns.
As far as baits the stand by for me is the "Vitamin C" with a chartreuse tail but you really need to tip it with a nibble. I used a new one this weekend from Foodsource and really liked it. I could catch as many as 3 fish before replacing it. I normally use crappie nibbles by Berkly but may change to these. Tipping with minnows always works on Columbus but it is a pain to buy and keep them alive. Good luck to you.
Hey you fish in a G-3 with a Yamaha? Seen one out fishing the main Navigation Channel Sunday and thought it might have been you.

Ray

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Thanks Ray and Danny. I'm going to give them a try in the next couple of afternoons if the water doesn't get too muddy. So far this summer in the creek, my best luck seems to come from fishing a minnow just like a jig on a bare jig head - seems to help feel out the tops vs. using a cork, and with a minnow I feel more confident the fish just aern't in a top if i don't get a hit. Do the fish ussually hold pretty tight to cover or do ya'll troll this time of year. From what you said, looks like i need to hit a lot of tops and just find the good ones assuming the fish are on structure. I usually put in at the new plymouth ramp and fish up stream from there. Are there as many fish below the dam? I like the site and will post a report when I go back.

I have a 16' camo F&F boat with a 40 hr Evinrude. Maybe I'll see ya'll out there.

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smitty, i dont fish the columbus part but i do fish old river run down stream in al. what i look for is tree tops in 12/18 feet of water with deeper water close by (25+ft). also i am fishing with minnows as i cannot get bite on jig. hope this helps. danny

Ray's picture

Hey Danny thanks for the info. Sounds like the crappiei are on much the same pattern down River as up. I need to catch up with you sometime when I am coming down there. Thanks for your purchase of the cap and supporting the site. You are a great member to have.

Ray

danny malone's picture

ray;dont forget i'm fishing below dam & al. license required. but if you have them let"s go fishing. bye the way just below spill way @ end of riprock my 997c shows fish stacked 15 t0 25 feet in 30-35 feet of water. i bottomed riged yesterday with 2 minnows 18 " apart, couldn't get a nibble. found some crappiei later in brush 12 ft crappie @ 8. fish were turned on so i grabed my jig pole tip with minnow @ could'nt get a bite, so back to minnow @ cork. caught nice mess for supper. danny

Ray's picture

Thanks Danny. I bought a lifetime Alabama license a few years ago when I lived there so I am good to go. I have also experienced finding some fish stacked in deep water suspended that I just knew were crappiei and could not get a hit. It was up in Tibbee in 30 feet of water. I tried trolling minnows and pulling cranks through them with no luck. I will hit you up soon and see if I can get down there. I have never fished below the dam but heard a lot about it and would like to give it a try.

Ray

danny malone's picture

ray, i'm retired and try to fished 2/3 times a week, but normally not on sat. as i try to leave weekends to working people. just let me know @ i'm ready too go. you will enjoy below dam as it;s normally quiet @ calm. other than a few trash fishermen (bass) i normally have river to myself and a barge or two. only pboblem i have is the lock master will only gates so strong it's hard to minnow fish. sometimes i think they see my suv on video and open a gate or too. danny

MississippiSlab's picture

Know the exact ledge you are referring to danny. Have caught alot of really good fish there. Have you tryed 12 or 13 feet on right side at end of rip rap right where it drops off from 12 to 16 feet. This is real sweet spot this time of year.

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Thanks Ray and Danny. I'm going to give them a try in the next couple of afternoons if the water doesn't get too muddy. So far this summer in the creek, my best luck seems to come from fishing a minnow just like a jig on a bare jig head - seems to help feel out the tops vs. using a cork, and with a minnow I feel more confident the fish just aern't in a top if i don't get a hit. Do the fish ussually hold pretty tight to cover or do ya'll troll this time of year. From what you said, looks like i need to hit a lot of tops and just find the good ones assuming the fish are on structure. I usually put in at the new plymouth ramp and fish up stream from there. Are there as many fish below the dam? I like the site and will post a report when I go back.

I have a 16' camo F&F boat with a 40 hr Evinrude. Maybe I'll see ya'll out there.

Ray's picture

Thanks Smitty. I fish the same area you are. Look for me my boat has a big Crappie101.com logo on both sides. I have not been able to catch many trolling. The seem to be holding very tight in the cover and may wait what seems to be a long time to bite. Let us know how you do either way. Any news helps.

Ray

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