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Black Butte Lake and Reports

Friday, Jul 3
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Black Butte Lake is located at an elevation of 470 feet surrounded by rolling hills with basalt buttes and open grassland spotted with oak trees.

It has 4,500 surface acres and 40 miles of shoreline. Be warned of possible hazards exposed during low water.

Facilities include a snack bar, grocery store, full service marina, boat rentals, campgrounds, and disposal station.

For more information, call (916)865-2665.

Reports

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 72-75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: While my last Black Butte Lake report (3 years ago, May 27th 2012) was very depressing, this year’s Memorial weekend trip was quite the opposite. Maybe due to the very low lake levels of last year, the squawfish (pike minnow) population has declined significantly and the bass has rebounded!
    We camped at the Buckhorn Camp facility between Friday and Monday and fished every morning from sun up to about 10am. Initial first morning shoreline/cove fishing attempts brought only 1-3 bass into the boat the first hour, so I decided to head west to the Stony Creek inlet and concentrate our efforts around the submerged trees/bushes. After finding what they (the fish) wanted, we hammered the bass over the next 2.5 days. We brought 59 bass into the boat (missing and losing that many or more) with one huge crappie surprisingly hammering a 7 inch rubber lizard. This crappie was 16 inches long and may have been a record for this lake (but we let her go unharmed). The largest bass was 2.55 lbs and most around the 13 range. We did boat a 2.33lb, 2.26lb and many 1.5 lbers. Even in windy conditions, we netted fish. About an hour was spent over by the dam along the rocks and still managed to boat 7 more largemouth during that time.
    The hot recipe turned out to be chartreuse colored 5 and 7 inch Zoom lizards rigged Texas style and slow crawling them across and through the bushes submerged in about 3 feet of water.
    Back in camp, the kids enjoyed catching yellow belly sunfish all day long using worms and a bobber. They probably caught 50-70, 4-5 inchers and many children caught their first fish ever this Holiday weekend. The lake was approx. 75% full, about 75 degrees allowing for daytime swimming, kayaking and other fun filled water sports. I would say that Black Butte is back and ready for the family trips again!

    Tips: Take a kid fishing; he or she will remember it forever!

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: My buddy Pat D and I got to the launch and NO dock as it was still in parking lot. Wind was killer and never layed down but they still ate crankbaits. Water down and muddy but rock banks and points produced our best 5 at 17 lbs.
    City: Wheatland

    Tips: Medium to deep cranks, red tiger with black was the key all day. Nothing on plastic or jigs. Gonna get better!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I usually fish Black butte during the summer with my buddies and we catch some decent catfish (Grizzly flats area). Well this time i went to buckhorn campground with my family and we didn't catch a thing! Correction: i caught a pikeminnow! I had just finished reading the report below about pikeminnow and how they are taking over the lake. I had never caught a pikeminnow at black butte lake before and i never wanted to. we catch those stupid things all the time at the sac river. I hate them. Pity to see them at black butte now. Will probably continue fishing over in Grizzly flats for catfish in the near future. Good luck folks!
    City: Woodland

    Tips: New to fishing an need some tips? Experienced fishing and want to give us tips? either way, check out: http://breakingbank.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished early mornings during the Memorial Holiday weekend. Friday a front came in, rained a bit but Sat, Sun and Mon was clear and breezy. Concentrated in North coves with Carolina rigged plastics. Hit only one 1 lb large mouth on a 6inch watermelon punpkin seed brush-hog. Switched to every plastic and color I had (and I have 25-30 different types) - Nothing. Moved to the dam area and hit one more 1.5 lb large mouth on a berkly brown 8" power worm. Nothing else. Moved to the west end of the lake and through a 8" chartruse lizard. One 2 lb hit in the submerged trees but that was it.
    I used to come to this lake and catch 20-30 fish every morning. What was up???
    Decided to call it a day about 10am and noticed thousands of little frylings in every cove. Lots of baby fish! What were they? So on my way back to camp I seen so many fish on the fish finder about 25 feet of water. I decided to throw out a brokenback rapala and troll for awhile. BAM! a fish hit hard and I fought it for a few minutes. This was a big fish and when I netted the brute, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a squaw fish. A 32" Pike!!!. This lake has been over-run by squaw fish. The same fish that are creating havok in the Sacramento river. They eat every fish egg they can find.
    I trolled another hour and hooked three more 24-28" pike. This was it for me. Pike are no good to eat and they are a menice to water-ways every where. I believe that Black Butte Lake has been ruined with the introduction of this fish.
    I have been coming to this lake for over 30 years and this past year was the first time I have ever caught pike.
    What a shame...
    City: Cottonwood

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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    Water Temp: I DUNNO

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lake is WIDE OPEN, I took my 7 year old, we cranked several in the 2 lb range and I threw hard jointed swimbaits 6 inch Koppers LIVE, smoked 1 over 5lbs, all in a couple of hours then the boy cranked a catfish that broke his hooks, it busted the surface, it must have been 20 lbs or better. GOOD LUCK.
    City: Red Bluff

    Tips: I fished from the shore, it was supposed to be a hunting trip that turned into a fishing trip. I fished near the small willows on the south end. All reaction bites.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Had the best day of my life fishing for bass. I caught 18 bass between 12:45 and 6:00 pm using on lure. I was fishing from the boat tossing a crayfish with orange belly crankbait deep dive. I caught a few 3 lbs and a few 2 lbs the others were smaller. Had about a 5 lb to the boat and flipped off as I was grabbing for the net. I was throwing it up against the bank on the east side of the lake.
    City: Orland

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 75-77

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water level is still really high and lake clarity is unusually good! Went out at 2 PM and caught some decent bass from the time we launched till we left at 8:15 PM We sight fished structures and cover.

    Tips: We used dark colored spinner baits. The bite is still a little slow, so make sure you have a slow retrieve.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 50 - 55

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Great weather but terrible bite. Water was very muddy (less than 1 foot visibility) and very low. We tried everything that rattled and could be fished slow. All dark color baits used (rattlin' crank baits and jig/pigs).

    The low water level pushed fish down away from their typical structure so there weren't many pockets or structures to fish.

    Fish started to jump late afternoon as the weather was warm today but we couldn't catch one with spinnerbaits or sammy's. Visibility was just too dirty.

    Tried dropshotting senko's and trick worms (multiple darker colors) and still no luck.

    Can't wait for warmer weather and clearer water. This lake looks like a great largemouth spot.
    City: Orland

    Tips: Don't fish muddy, cold water!

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 50 to 54

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: big fish day 4 small mouth bass 4 1/2 lb then a 5 lb then a 5 lb then the last 6 l/2 lb all small mouth bass.
    City: orland

    Tips: we fished points.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Again, not a report. Just a response to the request for a fishing tournament on this lake. This lake is too small to support the number of fisherpersons that will show up to a tournament. That is why they quit tournaments in the past. Tournament fishing should stick to the larger lakes that can support the pressure of a large number of quality anglers over a day or two. Black Butte is not large enough to support this type of pressure.

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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    Water Temp: cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: the red bluff bass anglers club used to do a tourny on this lake. i know several people interested in a toury here. after all is our local lake and the local clubs would have affordable tournaments with a great tourn out if they would fish here year round. people wold not struggle so much here if they would fish it more often... they would realize how great this lake really is.
    City: red bluff

    Tips: there r huge fish here.. i have caught bass on on every thing in the boat here all year long.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 65-67

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: went out in the afternoon and on the first cast caught a 4lb cat. i worked my way down and got 6 more in the 15 inch range they seem to be biting on plastics p.s would anybody want to do a tourniment out here next summer?
    City: sierra nevadaville

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: went out about 8 caught 3 and my friend caught 3 all about 15 inches,i caught 2 one after another by the dam.grubs are doing o.k tried top watter no strikes,fish on the fishin commishion
    City: sierra nevadaville

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 81.9/82.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from about 0800 until 1330, boated 5 fish. Two on spinnerbaits on weedlines, one on a crank, one spot on a rip bait, and one 4.3lb largemouth flipping a jig into willows. Missed a couple drop shotting and had a couple whacks that I missed on the spinner. Pretty slow, no real consistent bite.
    City: Orland

    Tips: Tons of shad. Tons. Everywhere you go. Fish are gorging themselves on 'em. Lots of suspended fish as well. I couldn't get them to hit though.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out with my brother around 1630. We went over by the arms next to the marina. We were throwing crawdads with a bullet weight. My brother caught two on the crawdad with the biggest around two ponds. Very windy day, really worked the trolling motor to stay were the fish were. Was only out there for about two hours. Too windy.
    City: red bluff

    Tips: Crawdads worked well. Black with green claws. Missed a few fish

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Spent 4 days at the lake from 5/19-5/23. Tough bite everyday due to the bad weather all week. Started out with rain and wind on Wednesday and the wind continued through Sunday when I left. Friday I finally found the fish on crankbaits and some topwater action early. Fish were on secondary points, but shallow. Speedtraps in crawdad colors worked well along the grass edge.
    City: Rohnert Park

    Tips: Get on the water early for some topwater action before the sun comes up. Spooks were better than poppers. Medium to deep running crankbaits.

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

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    Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: fished for two hours saturday evening and had 7 fish to the boat and 5 on sunday afternoon. we fished the south end of the lake in the willows. found the fish hanging out in the shallows at the edge of deep water.
    City: orland

    Tips: its a pretty soft bite and finesse baits were the only thing working. shakey heads and texas rigged craws were the key.

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 48 - 52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water about 1000 water to the north was stained and around 52 degrees...tried everything: rock, trees, islands, banks and still nothing worked...fish were just not biting..still a bit cold. Did find some clear water at the south end but water was 4 degrees cooler around 48.
    City: Berry Creek

    Tips: Give it another two weeks!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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    Water Temp: 85

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: 7 to 20 feet of water almost any thing works right now. Bass in are boat up to 6pounds first fish of the day 4.14 on a jig and many more around that size. Fish the flats where they drop to deeper water thats where they are. The water is droping fast fish them while you still can.
    City: chico

    Tips: work the flats that still have tree cover for the best luck texas-rig top-water jig and crank all hookin fish

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out about 1430, launched off the ramp next to the damn, worked the whole edge around the ramp were the weeds were and some rocky points, my brother caught a 1 pound bass off a plastic crawdad and i caught another 3/4 pounder off a rapala diver, my little brother had one on but lost it.
    City: gerber

    Tips: we threw everything we had, just need the wated to warm up a little bit and clear up.

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