Fishing ReportColumbus Lake - 10/16/2017 10:42:09 AM
The fall crappie bite is starting to pick up on Columbus. Best areas for numbers are the old river runs around the middle of the lake, and the area near the mouth of Tibbee Creek. Crappie are holding on stumps and laydowns in 4 to 8 ft of water that have deeper water nearby. Try both minnows and jigs to see what the fish prefer, but typically jigs work better in dirty water. The bass reports have been fair. The main channel is producing a few quality fish, and the gravel pits are holding good numbers of keeper-size bass. The bass seem to be holding just off shoreline structure and not really relating to wood or grass. Finding the shad seems to be the ticket. Throw shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures, or rattletraps where shad are active. Catfish reports are the same as Aberdeen. Most folks are hitting the channel and the mouths of the old river runs with jugs and rod-n-reels with some success. Cut or whole shad are working good.