Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 745.49 ft. Daily Statistics
Tuesday, Sep 27
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,635,851 4,018 1,778 0.00 118
Thursday, Sep 29
Hi: 80 ° F
Lo: 49 ° F
Today
Sunny
Precip: 0%
Tonight
Clear
Precip: 0%

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

  • Water Temp: forgot to look or can't remember!!

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lauched about 6:30am at Lime saddle, fished till about 11:10am. Wow, hot bite two trips in a row, no kidding. As I always do, test the waters when launching, got 6 spots, 12-13" size, but it gives me an indication of what the colors are for the day, and how the bite might be. Not kidding around, got 49 spots today. One 15 1/2", one 15", 5-6 14" range, with the rest 12-13", and no dinks under 12". Lost a good one due to being lazy, fish had that feel of 15" or better. After catching many fish, line gets week at the loop of the hook from sliding back and forth and to and fro on the loop of the hook. Hooks should be re-tied after many catches, and I didn't, causing me to loose a nice one, with the hook popping of mid fight. Leaving me the tied knot, with the belly of the knot open! Think I learned my lesson and will retie now after 4-5 catches. Caught all but 12 fish from one location again. If you follow my fishing, you'll see same location as last week, and the guys I talked too, yes, from this location. Released all fish to grow bigger and catch again one day. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lauched at Lime saddle about 6:40am, off the lake about noon. Third fish of the day, a nice 18" spot, the we we want every cast!! fished here and there and had my typical 18 fish at 10:15am, so decided to head on in and call it a day. Made my final stop to give it that final cast of the day, and surprise, caught a decent spot close to 14", so cast again to the same exact spot as the first cast, got another nice fish. No kidding, spent the next hour casting to the same exact spot, and darn near every cast a fish. Over the next hour did it over and over again, till I got another 24 fish. Crazy when you find spotted bass schooled up. No kidding, every cast to the same exact location as before. The only reason I stopped fishing, was the wife would worry since I'm generally home by noon, and yes, the bite was still on after 24 fish from the same honey hole location. This is why I always fish the same location after catching a fish, never know when they schooled up. One of my best trips all year, especially this time of year. Ended up with 42 fish, 1 18", 6-7 14" range, rest 12-13", all looking fat too. Released all to grow and catch again one day. Think i will try this same location next week!!Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 73-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fall bite seems to be beginning. Got launched about 6:15am, fished till 11am. During launch today it was raining, enough to wet everything pretty good, glad it was just 15 minutes of rain. No winds to begin with which helped, but 9:30 10am or so, it got blowing from Oroville towards the mountains, so headed for shelter, as holding the little boat is not fun in the wind. Managed 23 fish today, but a few decent ones for a change. One 16 1/2", another 16", one 14 1/2", 3-4 right at 14", with all other the basic 12-13" size. For a while today, every cast gave up a fish, all one location producing 10 fish or so. Nice when they want to bite and hang out together. Trying my night trip this coming Thursday, should be interesting, since I've never done one. News said a couple days ago, lake now half empty. Pictures in fishing forum.

Friday, September 9th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 73-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Finally could get out on the lake after waiting all week for the fire to get under control and get me an open road to get to Lime Saddle. Weird, no sign of the fire from the lake! Got launched about 6:10am, fished till 10:30am. Nothing special day, other the the bite was fairly good at the bride supports for hwy 70, picked up one 15" on the way out and 3-4 nice fish on the way in to the ramp. No schools found today, but did manage 18 fish. 2 right at 15", 3-4 in the 14" range with the rest basic 12-13" fish. Water is beginning to cool, so fall bit not to far off, found 73-74 degrees, so figure in 3-4 weeks the fall bite should get going and produce some bigger fish. Fished were from 20-35 feet mostly. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 74-76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6am, fished till 11am, an hour longer then I normally fish, because the bite was so awesome at my last stop. Could not get fish to hit at the hwy 70 bridge pilings, even though they were stacked in the corners again. Fished mostly the N. Fork, headed towards the main lake, picking up a fish or two each stop, at 10am, had only 10 fish, then my last stop, found them like we all want. Fished one 35-40 foot section and seemed like every cast got a spot, over and over for an hour, with my last fish the 15" so called it a day with 24 spots, even though fish bite was still strong after an hour fishing one location. A typical rocky bank, but holding a large school this time. Total count, one 15", one 14 1/2" smallie (dark picture), 4 14-14 1/2" with the rest typical 13-14". Those stick like bushes that hold fish are now above water, no fish below them now. Remember, spots tend to school, so always give a location a chance, paid off for my with 14 fish!! much better then moving on after a catch. Water is cooling to 74-76 degrees, fish are slightly shallower for me today, mostly 20-30 foot range. Weird, hardly any wind today, like Lunker Larry say, slightly cloudy valley, no winds! As always, released all fish. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Much better fishing today for me then the last two weeks. Launched at Lime Saddle about 6am, stopped fishing at 10am. The bridge supports at Hwy 70 still have fish stacked on the corners like in the past. Not easy to get them to bite, but patience produced the large fish of the day, right at 16 1/2". About half the time, a nice fish comes from this bridge supports. Managed 18 fish today, other then the 16 1/2", 5 were 14" range, with all others 12-13" basic size. Hardly any wind today, made for a better trip. Fish caught in the 20-35 foot range, better fish on the deeper side. Water dropping fairly fast, now down 114.92 from high water mark of the year. Found fish on a smooth rubble like bank, which was the side of a point, also those stick looking old bushes hold fish, and around a few boulders and narrow points. Cleaner water tends to hold fish better, murky water nothing today. Released all fish as always, to catch again one day. Picture in fishing forum.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

  • Report: From Grant ยป Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:26 am

    Fish are still there. Sunday bite was good after the wind came up a bit and put some chop on the water and some stain as well. Caught fish shallow (less than 20 ft) in the south fork on a flat adjacent to a recently dry island top. It could be that the fish are feeding at night with this full moon and the morning bite suffers due to that. Nothing on reaction baits and you had to let them chew on the bait a bit before setting the hook or you swung at air and sometimes lost your worm in the process.

    Look for the recently dry scrubby bushes (don't know the proper name for them) and fish in areas where you can feel your bait coming through them. It seems like the fish are hiding in and around them to ambush the bait as it swims by. Some of the prominent broken rock piles which extend into the water will hold fish too early but when the rocks heat up later in the day the fish seem to move off those to the bushes or seemingly bare flats.

    Hope this helps as your posts have helped me get an idea of what the Oroville are doing quite a few times.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Where have the fish gone to, me, no idea. This will be the second week in a row that fishing is way off for me, could not find much to catch, and tried it all. Drove an hour to launch at Bidell to try the middle fork, as in the past, lots of fish to catch, not today, feels like a wasted trip for me, only getting 6 fish, and all small 12-13" size. Water looks good, still 77-78 degrees, but fish are not wanting to bite much. Days like today, makes me want to skip fishing for a while, as it's my worst day fishing ever on the lake. Water down now at 103ft from this years high water mark. Water used to be right below where the boat is in the picture. Wondering, is the bite off for others? Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, August 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 76-77

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Today was one of those days I could find fish worth a darn, like they all went on vacation or full bellies as I only got 9 fish today, and all small ones in the 12-13" range. Tried half a dozen color and baits, nothing seemed to help, so gave up, and got off the lake thinking I can't catchy fish !! anymore. Water is dropping faster now, about 2 feet a day and down 91.26 feet from high water mark of the year. Water cooling a tad, found it 76-77 depending on the location. Pictures of the ramp at lime saddle to give you an idea of how low the lake is getting in fishing forum.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 79-83

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Man can't believe it the lake is back. It seemed like forever catching those skinnys. I stopped doing it. Today though bait fish swimming around in schools with bass chasing and surfacing like tuna. Damn near every fish caught coughs up a mouth full of bait fish. Awesome! Launched at foreman with mad max. Pretty muddy but it can be done amigo. Bite pretty darn good dog gone it.

    Tips: The cooler water produced bigger an more fish. '79' lowest I found around that area.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 78-79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 5:30am, off the lake by 10am as usual. Decided to try the bridge pilings at hwy 70 on my way to N. fork, found plenty of fish on the graph, stacked from 12-60 feet or deeper, lots of them, guessing 40-50 fish, yet could not get one bite with anything. Weird, last week got over 12 fish, none today. Second stop picked up 7 fish one right after the other, like it should be. All fish nice and fat, all 13 1/2" to 14" and one 15 1/2". Worked the N. fork going towards the river and just picked up one here, one there, no schooling fish after my second stop. Frustrating when you can't find the fish! Worked mostly 25 to 40 foot with most fish right around 30 foot deep. Managed just 14 fish today. Lake still coming down as usual around a foot a day, now 81.21 feet down from high water mark of the year. Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, July 25th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Bite seems to be wide open now days. Launched a little early trying to beat the heat at 5:20am, completely off the water at 10am. First stop the bridge pilings at hwy 70, as now days fish are stacked from 5 feet to 70 feet on the graph and they were in the mood to bite today. Just no big fish. Think I fished close to an hour and picked up 12 fish, most decent fish, but no large ones this trip. Dropped baits against the concrete and watch your line, if line stops going down, a fish is sitting there holding your bait. Mostly taking baits on the fall but a few while cranking them up. Headed to north fork, going towards the river and finished my day. First stop and decent 15" fish, including a couple 13 1/2" fish. I always hold on a location after catching a fish, more times then not, more fish to be caught. Fish are schooling up, give it a chance by sticking to one location. Winds blowing as usual in the N. fork, but got to play the wind game if your fishing this area. I fished 5 locations today for 29 fish, see what I say give a location a chance before moving. Largest a 16". one 15", 4-5 14-14 1/2" with the rest 13-13 1/2", and only two dinks today under 12". My last location gave up 4 spots in the 14"-14 1/2" rage, one after the other. Mostly fished from 30 feet to 40 feet range, nothing shallower. This year bass spawn is all schooled up and busting water all over the place, looks like they are 4-5 inches or so from what I could see. If any indication, great spawn this year. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Wow, wide open bite today and larger fish are beginning to move up a tad. Launched at lime saddle about 5:30am, fished till 10am when the winds got crazy, couldn't hold my little boat worth a darn so had to give it up. I managed to catch 30 fish this am, seemed like darn near every cast a hit. Worked the N. fork heading towards the river and locations I have not fished before or a very long time ago. Most fish caught in 25-40 feet, slightly faster presentation seemed to work well today. Ended up with one 16 1/2", 5-6 14-14 1/2", one smallie at 14 3/4" and one catfish that hit as soon as the worm hit bottom. Must have dropped it on his nose? Most locations gave up 3-5 fish before I moved on. Catch a fish, work the area for a while, generally more fish just waiting to be caught before they get spooked. No smallie picture, battery gave up and didn't want to stress the fish just for a picture. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, July 11th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Awesome fishing day. Launched about 5:30am at Lime Saddle, fished mostly the north fork headed towards the river where the winds blow good, stopped fishing at 10am. Today I decided to fish deeper and only fish locations I have never fished before. Guess what, deeper was the ticket today. Fished from 30 feet to 45 feet the whole trip and managed to catch 24 fish and no dinks. All fish 13" or better with 4-5 in the 14" range and also a couple smallies, just not big ones, but not dinks either. Smallies were right at 13", just ok, norm is 12" or less lately. Fished the bridge pilings on the way to north fork, and found fish, lots of them. All suspended 15-35 feet all around the concrete pilings. Dropped roboworms right against the concrete, most took on the fall. Getting bites was tough, but did get 3-4 fish before moving on. Damn wind a blowing, but tapered off as Lunker Larry says:>) Best fish today, 16 3/4" hooked at 42 feet, finally got a decent fish. Today, deeper paid off, me, one happy camper with the large one. Water still dropping about a foot a day, now 46.50 from this year high water mark. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 79-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 5:30am, fished till 10am. Hit a few locations on the way to North fork, picked up one here and their, fishing N. Fork mostly, heading towards the main lake. Decided to fish deeper today, looking to get something lager then 12" and yes, slightly larger fish in the 30-40 foot range. Picked up 16 fish today, best right at 14 3/4 and a surprise, got an ok size small mouth, about 13-13 1/2" my best smallie for this year. Most fish 13" or better other then one 5" spot that acted like a 17" fish, same size as the roboworm!!! Water is hot, 79-80 degrees. Water looks a lot better these days, clearing more each week. Water coming down a little over a foot a day now, down 38.48 feet from high water mark of the year. Pictures in fishing forum.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 76-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Talk about Hot!! hottest day on the lake all year. Way too hot to be fishing for me, and for many others! Launched about 5:30am, off the lake and on the top of the ramp at 10am, and it's hot! Warm water, but still fish to be caught, small ones mostly. Caught just 13 fish, in the west branch, mostly because the wind was going strong and didn't feel like having a battle with wind. All spots 12-13", but had one surprise, got a 2-3 pound catfish as soon as the roboworm hit bottom, must have dropped it on it's head, and for just a second thought I had a nice spot, then the typical catfish action. Also looked up at the right moment about 35 feet away, to see an eagle pick a small 10" fish off the lake surface a fly away, first for me. Guess I'm going to have to fish ultra deep next trip and try to find those 15" or better fish! Water 76-78 degrees! The lake is back to dropping about a foot a day now, as of today, 30.79 feet down from high water mark of the year. Picture in fishing forum

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 74-75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Where are the larger fish!! Launched early, about 5:30am at Lime Saddle, fishing till 10am when it began getting hot. Bite fairly good, just nothing of any size. First point found fish at 30-35 feet and they were hungry, managed to land 10 fish off this point in about an hour. Working just a 30 foot wide section. Never found another school, just one or two fish here and their the rest of the trip. Landed 21 fish, All fish 12-13" with none under 12" (dinks) this trip. Water coming down, beginning to look naked on the banks. We have dropped 20.5 feet since the high water mark of the year.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 74-75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Drove all the way to bidwell so I could fish the middle fork today, launched about 6am, off the lake about 11:30am. Could not find any decent fish today but did find plenty of small fish. All fish went from 11-13" today, and even a few 9-10" fish. Fished deep, shallow, mid levels and no large size fish, like they all went on vacation today. Managed 23 fish, best right about 13". Thought today would have been great with the cloud cover, but not for good fish. Better luck next week. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Sadddle about 5:45am, surprised me, very light winds today. Bite way off from last week, no idea why, but no larger fish to be found this morning. Not many fish either, and the ones in the mood were small and dinks too. Managed just 17 fish today, largest right at 13 1/2" with most 12" to barely 13" and 4-5 dinks tossed in. Hard for me to find fish today, most fish where water was clean and clear, murky water had none for me. Picked up 3-4 fish at each location, just small ones!!! Forgot to mention last week, remember spots tend to school. Fished 3 locations last week and first location gave up all my large fish and about 20 fish before I moved on. Catch fish, stick with it and give it a chance, more are generally waiting.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 72-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Guess the holiday boat traffic didn't both the fish much, great trip today. Seemed like every cast a hit. Launched about 6:35am at lime saddle, stopped fishing at 10am when it got hot. Fish were deeper today, with most fish caught 25-35 feet. 38 fish today, with one 15 1/2" in the picture, the others no picture as the camera battery died and no back up with me. The other two were 16" and 16 1/2", 4-5 14-14 1/2" and the rest basic 12-13" fish. Never made it to the N. fork, blowing winds kept me from that area, so fished the lime saddle area and a little out at the end of the west branch, trying to stay out of the winds! Roboworms the trick today, no wacky rig fish!! Picture in fishing forum.