Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Lake Oliver

Located on the Chattahoochee River, the Georgia Power Company operates this 2,150-acre reservoir.  Recreational boating can be popular during the summer, but anglers usually do not encounter heavy boating traffic during early spring and late fall.

Contact Information

Georgia Power:  ph. 706-317-6041

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
BLACK BASS, BREAM & CRAPPIE
Black Bass
Prospect Largemouth, spotted, and shoal bass are all present. As the most abundant, expect average largemouth catches of 1 to 1 1/3 pounds. Spots should average 6-12 inches and just under 1/2 pound. Expect occasional catches of shoal bass in the tailwaters below Goat Rock Dam. image
Technique Good bait for bass are plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinners.
Target For largemouth and spotted bass, target boat docks and fishing piers, but do not overlook rocky points, small coves and stumpy areas. In general, search for spots in deeper water than largemouth.
Catfish
Prospect Channel catfish are in good supply with average condition. image
Technique Stink and cut baits, and night crawlers are effective.
Target For catfish, fish bait on or near the bottom in the river channel. Also, try fishing holes off docks where structure can be found.
Bream
Prospect Fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish is popular at Lake Oliver. Expect good bluegill fishing from April through May, with the average catch at 5-6 inches and 1/4 to 1/3 pound. Redear sunfish are larger, with some averaging closer to 1/2 pound. image
Technique Live worms work best. Crickets also are effective. Small black curly tail jugs also work.
Target Target the backs of protected coves and sloughs for the best bream spots. Brush piles and structure also hold bream especially around the shoreline. Fish for summertime bream early in the morning.
Crappie
Prospect Crappie anglers should do well with most catches averaging 1/3 to 3/4 pound. Dedicated anglers can expect the occasional lunker size catch. image
Technique Various jigs are preferred, but minnows also are effective.
Target Favorite spots: the mouth of Standing Boy Creek and under Standing Boy Creek Bridge; the boat dock at Green Island Marina.
Other Species
Prospect A few stripers can be caught on Lake Oliver. Most will be in the 12 to 20 inch range.
Technique Fishing with live shad is the most effective way of catching linesides. Jigs and spoons also can be effective. The observant angler can often locate schools of feeding stripers by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish.
Target In the spring, try fishing for stripers in the tailrace of Goat Rock Dam. During the rest of the year stripers are usually found throughout the lake.
Additional Information
Additional fishing information can be obtained from City Marina at 706-653-4634. Note: City Marina renovated a few years back with new docks and a bait and tackle store.

Georgia Power has improved access to the Oliver tailrace area on the North Highland impoundment. Access to the new addition is located just off the Columbus River Walk trailhead next to Oliver Dam and City Marina.

Generating schedules and lake level information is available by calling Georgia Power at 706-317-6000.
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