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.
Georgia Power: ph. 706-317-6042
Prospects and Fishing Tips
Fish attractor data (updated Oct. 2014) for this reservoir is available for you to upload into your fishfinder or other GPS devices, or view in free online mapping applications. The data is compatible with many brands including Lowrance, Humminbird, Garmin and Magellan to name a few.
Instructions are here on how to use the data.
Download the zipped data.
|Best Bets |
|BLACK BASS, BREAM, & CRAPPIE |
|Black Bass |
|Prospect ||Both largemouth and spotted bass are abundant (around 50% each). Expect average largemouth catches up to 1 pound. Spots should average 6-10 inches and weigh under 1/2 pound. No size restrictions on spotted bass. || |
|Technique ||Good bait for bass are plastic worms, crankbaits, buzzbaits, 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 bass. |
|Prospect ||Channel catfish are in good supply and are in good condition. Most cats will be in the 16-24 inch range and weigh over 2 pounds. || |
|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. |
|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 5-7 inches and 1/4 to 1/3 pound. Redear sunfish are larger, with some averaging closer to 1/2 pound. || |
|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. |
|Prospect ||Black Crappie anglers should do well with most catches averaging 1/3 to 1/2 pound. Dedicated anglers can expect the occasional lunker size catch. || |
|Technique ||Various plastic jigs are preferred, but live minnows also are effective. In early spring, troll for crappie on the lower end of the lake. |
|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. The City Marina has docks, fishing pier, and a bait and tackle store that also serves food. |
Georgia Power has access to the Oliver tailrace area on the North Highland impoundment. Access 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.
|Best Fishing Times Key |
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