Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 747.01 ft. Daily Statistics
Monday, Feb 8
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,649,822 521 5,196 0.00 84
Wednesday, Feb 10
Hi: 66 ° F
Lo: 41 ° F
Today
Partly Sunny
Precip: 0%
Tonight
Partly Cloudy
Precip: 7%

Friday, February 5th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Got an early launch at Lime saddle at 6:45 am, fished till 10 am. Amazed at how much the ramp changed since my last trip lat week on Thursday. Water had come up another 23.41 feet in the last 7 days. Not bad for a slow rain week. Now 92.96 feet gain since our low water level, just another 157 feet to go. The lake is beginning to look close to normal! Crappy day fishing for me. Just one 13" spot taken in 35 feet of water. I hunted, and hunted, tried every bait I know, nada, could not locate fish today. Think the large increase of water made it a tough bite, at least for me. Temp went down one degree to 48* Ton's of large wood on the lake, some areas thick like a log jam. Be extra careful now. Better fishing next week, maybe I'll skip a week? Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Finally, Lime Saddle is back, so launched here, only 22 minutes from home. Got going about 7 am, fished till 10 am, leaving because the rains began and didn't want to get soaked. This trip was a tad better then last, first cast a spot. Fished about 8 locations, most in the north fork or the way to it. Managed to get 6 spots today, all the basic 13" range variety so typical of the lake. Most fish taken right at 40 foot deep, one about 35 feet. Water still 49 degrees, and lots of larger wood on the lake now, be careful. Lime Saddle water looked like mud, N. fork not as bad, but getting pretty murky looking. Pictures in fishing forum.

  • Report: Could probably launch at foreman now. Found one straggler in my hour of fishing before raindrops kept falling on my head. Pictures in forums.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, brisk morning on the water. Went to the spillway and it was open, one lane, but better then gravel. Got launched a tad before 7 am, fished till 10 am. Fished the middle fork, where are the fish today, very few for me, got 2 small spots, 12 1/2" to small for a picture. Just could not locate fish today, fished 30 to 55 feet and just two bites, two fish. Tried several baits, nada! one of those days I guess. More larger wood on the water, so be careful. Water stained like winter rains do, still 49 degrees. Water is coming in great, 16 feet since my last trip on the 20th, not bad for 6 days. Up 64.67 feet from low water mark, now at 714.18 feet, only about 185.82 to full pool!!!! No one using the ramp!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The day sure didn't start right. Went to the spillway to launch and the low water ramp was closed, so went to the main ramp, closed, with water right to the edge of the concrete. Another week it should be open. Went to the gravel bidwell ramp, closed, so went to the concrete ramp, and lauched. Talk about getting ramp-ed around!! So, yes, Bidwell is open for now, no sign of parking lot work!! Left the ramp at 7am, fished till 10:15 am. More wood in the water, so be careful. Slow bite as expected, just 6 spots, nothing of any size, but one in the picture was extra fat. Water was not too dirty looking in the middle fork. Lake has come up 39.63 feet since hitting low water mark back on 12/9/15, and a couple days ago, came up 8 feet!! that's one heck of a lot of water in just 24 hours. Pictures min fishing forum.

    Tips: Tried the 3.5" Yum baby christie critter, half the fish on this, kind of like the look, almost a craw like look. Others on roboworms.

Friday, January 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, darn cool this morning, glad I dress for cool mornings. Left the ramp at about 6:45, tossing worms about 7:10 am, stopped fishing about 10 am. Must be a tournament Sat, more bass boats on the water then I normally see. Slow bite as expected with the cold rising water. I only managed 4 fish today, nothing special in size. Largest spot 13 3/4" with the others right at 13", with one being a smallie. All fish taken right about 35 feet. I fished the middle fork and larger wood now showing, so be careful. Spillway ramp not nearly as long now, actually good except for the parking area, which is wet and muddy. Lake is now 19.94 feet up from low water mark, so were gaining at a good clip. Might be too rainy next week to fish, hope not!! but in a way hope so, to get the lake up. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Woke up today with 1/2" snow on the ground, thinking, am I sure about going fishing, yep, going to toss worms anyway. Launched about 6:30 am at the spill way, got to fishing spots in the middle fork and had my first fish a tad after 7am. nothing special fish, but heck any fish this time of year is good. Fished the morning out and only had 4 small spots barley 13" Stopped at a rock pile that went under from the water rise and picked up my fifth fish, a decent 16". All fish taken about the 35-40 foot mark. Slow bite as expected, work baits slow, as the water was right at the 50 degree range. Off the lake at 10:30 am. Minor wood floating, so be careful. Fish picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Dang, was it ever cold fishing today. 33 degrees when I left home. Started bad, got the trailer into the water, went to take the boat off and water went over my boots, now wet feet!! Got the boat in the water, going to take the trailer up, can't find my keys!! Looked everywhere, no keys, checked the boat, checked my pocket 10 times, crawled around in the dark looking for keys on the ground. Now what am I going to do, can't move the car out of the way. Did a last check and keys were in my pocket all along! Felt pretty silly! Only caught 6 fish, one nicer 4-5 pound catfish, but battery wend dead on the camera, so let the fish go, then changed battery. Fingers hurt, only thing cold this morning. Smaller fish in the picture in fishing forum. Ramp is shallow, making you have to back further into the water, need tall boots if alone or good rope!!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: A little cool on the lake, but what the heck, tossing worms anyway. Launched about 6:30 at the dam, ok, but the dock is 3/4 out of the water, I guess they can't be bothered to adjust!! Light breeze, went to south fork for an hour, got one fish, left to middle fork. where I know the area. Manages just 7 fish today, one decent 15 1/2" and all others 13-14" I fished deep, the largest one hooked right at 40 foot mark. Typical slower days for winter, water still clear in most areas, down to 56 degrees. State better work the ramp a little, or I see it becoming an issue in a few weeks. Narrow at the dock as the sides of the dirt sluffs off towards to dock at the waters edge. Off the lake at 10:30 right when it was getting nice out. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Thought I's give the lake a try today and toss worms in the middle fork, as weathers going to turn bad soon. Talk about cold at 6:30 am, around 36 degrees. Burr, dress warm and no problem. Slow bite, water getting stained in many areas, some place still clear, just depends on where your at. I managed just 7 fish today, very slow bite, one fish here, and one there, no hot spots as we all like. All fish 13-14" range. Fished deep, fished shallow, only got fish at 30-35 feet, one at 40 foot. Think the winter blues has begun, hope not. Busy ramp when I got back at 11am, one fisherman said Bidwell ramp not very good, many getting stuck. The ramp at the damn is still good. A little mushy at the waters edge, but workable. Ramp looks to be another 5-10 feet longer today. Water still dropping, but slower rate these days. Ramp pictures in the Fishing Forum.

Friday, November 20th, 2015

  • Report: Got an early launch at 6:30 am today, headed to the middle fork again. The day started great, first cast and decent 14 1/2" spot (photo) that seemed to be waiting just for me. No other fish so moved and could not get a bite for the life of me. Fished hard, could not locate fish today for some reason. Managed just 7 spots today, no schools, scattered or not liking the colors I was using. Frustrating when you know more can be caught, they were just not in the mood today. Ramp is getting long these days, still good ramp at the dam, just got to walk a bit to get up. Looks to be close to 250-300 feet long now? See photo from the top looking down. Still a good ramp. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

  • Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6:30 am at the dam. Ramp is getting much longer these days, but very narrow at the launch area. Stay close to the dock as a large rock is in the water 2/3 the way to the shore line. Day started very slow, first 45 minutes nothing at all in two different locations. Third location was the charm, got a nice 15" and the fish didn't stop coming in after that. I worked a 40 foot section of the lake, for the whole trip. I'd have caught more, but my boat clock was off an hour and I didn't know it till the boat came out. Damn, stopped fishing at 9:30 am, when I thought it was 10:30 am. Managed 21 fish today, one 15", two 14 1/2" a couple 2-3 14" with all others 12-14" range, no dinks (under 12") today Release all fish as always. Worst part of the day, forgot the camera!!! When you find fish, give the area a chance, fish it more, rather then move down the bank. Fish deeper!! all fish came from 30-40 foot range today, with a finesse Carolina rig, 1/8 oz, 15" tail from weight to hook with a McCoy McStopper plastic bobber stopper. Works great for re-rigging after getting broke off in the rocks. Use this every trip!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

  • Water Temp: Never looked or forgot!

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 6:30 am, from the dam again, ramp is getting longer, but still just fine for anyone with 4wd. Burr, darn cold beginning today. Went to the middle fork and fished anything with rocks, the more the better. Bite was really good, caught 26 fish today. No lunkers, but most were keepers, 4-5 14 1/2" fish, most 12-14" range with maybe 4-5 dinks under 12" Nice misty like fog coming off the water in the wee hours, giving the lake a kind of spooky look. Gave up fishing at 10:30 and called it a day. Busy ramp when I got back. Many boats on the water today. These are a few of the better fish, right at 14 1/2". Pictures in forum, under fishing.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 6:45 am today at the dam, tossed worms till 10 am and called it a day. Not the best bite, but all fish were decent size for a change. Got 9 spots is all, one 15 1/2", 2 15" with all the rest right at 14". Most fish taken at about the 30 foot mark, as I tend to fish deep. Cloudy the whole time, just a light breeze. Water about 68 degrees from what I remember. I'll take a slower bite any day if they all have better size like today. Ramp is still fine.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Should have paid attention to the weather man but didn't. Got to the lake and the wind was howling big time, no idea how much but the lake had 30" waves in the middle after my launch at 6:30 am. Actually a tad scary in my small 14ft Klamath. Headed to the north side of the main lake to get shelter from the hills. The most wind I've ever encountered on any lake!! I did manage 9 spots, lost a nice one that had that feel, never saw it!! One 14 1/2", one 14", with all the others about 13" and one catfish, small. Darn thing liked that roboworm!! Launch ramp still good. Gave up and off the water at 10 am.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at the dam about 6:30 am, headed to the middle fork. Began tossing worms about 7 am, just as the light began to peek at the lake. I have noticed that spots don't seem to bite well very early while nearly dark, no idea why, but never ever get any hits when still dark. As soon as the sun get going the bite comes on. Managed 16 fish today, best a 15", a couple 14 " and most all others were 13" plus, with 2 dinks at 11-12". Have you ever noticed blue gill pecking your worms, if you do, then more then likely spots are also in the area. Always remember the bluegill and spots roam the same waters more often then not. Most all fish taken around the 30 foot mark. Ramp is fine for all at the dam, gravel, not too steep, so don't worry about launching at the dam, just need 4wd. Back out next week as always.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 68-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got an early start, never sure why I go so darn early. Launched at the Dam about 6:15 am, off the water at 10:30 am. Tossed worms working my way into the North fork. Bite was way off compared to last trip, not sure why other then the front that came though a few days ago. Had to work hard for fish today, managed just 11 fish, largest at 14 1/2", a couple 14" and the rest 12-13", no big fish today!!! Just about all fish were caught 30-35 feet, no shallow fish, none deeper. Think I'm headed back to middle fork next trip. Water ranged from 68-70 degrees depending on where I was at.

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went to the Lake for the first time in 10 years expecting way lower water. Although the ramps are way down, there was plenty of water to fish. I started on the main body throwing topwater and started landing fish quickly with 4 fish in about 15 minutes. Moved down the bank throwing a darted with oxblood worm and land 3 more fish in the next 15 minutes. Fired up the new electronics and located tons of bait of some walls and cuts, Tossed out a drop shop and caught 4 fish in 30 minutes as a played withy sonar. Ran up the middle fork and caught a dozen fish on topwater, drop shot and dart head. Ran all the way up the North and to limesaddle, getting use to my new (used) boat, was able to catch fish everywhere in the afternoon in 20-35 ft of water on a drop shot, lost count of how many fish I caught. Landed 3 over 15 inches and several nice keepers, all fish were spots.

    Tips: Locate bait and you'll find plenty of fish, if they are small move on till you find the bigger ones. Don't wast time catching dinks! Oxblood worms were great for the dart heads and shad with purple or green worked great for drop shot. Topwater was a lucky craft walking bait (forgot the name) in perch pattern.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 6:30 am and headed to the middle fork, end portion, and tossed worms till 10: am. Decent bite today, but many smaller fish, seems half my catch was under 12"! even though I fished deeper then many do at 25-40 feet. Total 23 fish, only one 15" spot with about 2 14" the rest 12-13" or so other then the dinks. Again, 4-5 were LM. I'm beginning to like the middle fork, but going to north fork next trip to my old honey holes.

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

  • Report: Pretty new to bass fishing, Having hard time catching many this summer. Found this site and must say a big thank you to Tom for your reports. Fished drop shot, buddy and I caught 31

    Keep em coming Tom