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Lake Columbia Sponsored by
Date 15-Mar-18
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Conditions : Lake Columbia: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said water level is about 8-10 inches above normal, clarity is very good at 1-3 feet based on location. Water temperatures are running in the 62-66 degree range under full sun. Bass are paring up, cruising very shallow in 1-2 feet of water, and preparing for spawn most lake-wide. Largemouth are fair to good up to 7 pounds each on Bass Assassin Shads, Senkos, Trick Worms, Beaver Bugs, jigs, spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Squarebills and chatterbaits. We have not observed bass on the beds yet, but preparing them, running in and out of shallow pockets, in preparation, and cruising these areas in large numbers and in pairs. Best color of Bass Assassins are pumpkinseed, Silver Phantom and Grey Ghost. Senkos and Trick Worms are working in black, blue flake, watermelon-red, crystal ice and green pumpkin. Beavers and Craw bugs are working in green pumpkin-red or watermelon-red. Best color of jigs seem to be black/blue, black/purple, green pumpkin or Texas Craw. Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in shad or bream colors are working. Rat-L-Traps are working best in slightly deeper water areas, 4-8 feet of depth near spawning flats in Sexy Chrome, Red Shad or Red Chrome.

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About: - Lake Columbia is a 3,000-acre impoundment stretching for six miles along Beech Creek about six miles northwest of Magnolia in south central Arkansas. Lake Columbia provides three concrete boat ramps, two with accompanying courtesy boat docks and fishing piers accessible to persons with handicaps.

Fishing: Largemouth bass are the lake's main drawing card, but fishing is also excellent for crappie, channel catfish, bluegills and red-ear sunfish. Flooded timber covers about half the lake.

Directions: From Magnolia: south on U.S. 371, 4 miles; turn right on Ark. 344, 4 miles; turn left on County Road 53, proceed 3 miles to lake.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Crappie
  • channel Catfish
  • bluegills
  • Red-ear Sunfish

Misc Info: - The lake is divided into four zones, including a small area off-limits to unauthorized visitors. Fishing is allowed on the rest of the lake, and the western half is also open for pleasure-boating and water sports.

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