Lake Oroville has 15,500 surface acres and 167 miles of shoreline. The lake level when full is 900 feet above sea level. Oroville offers tent and RV camping along with several boat-in campsites.
The Department of Fish and Game has established a slot limit for all speices of bass in hopes of increasing their quantity and size. No fish between 12" and 15" can be possessed even if future release is intended.
1-Lime Saddle Marina- All facilities, 5 lane launch ramp. $13 fee to launch and park.(916) 877-2414
2-Spillway- 13 lane launch ramp, $13 fee.
3-Bidwell Canyon Campground & Marina- 7 lane launch ramp, $6 fee. The Marina phone is (916) 589-3165.
4-Loafer Creek- 7 lane launch ramp, $13 fee.
Additonal information can be obtained at the State Recreation Area (530) 538-2200.
Report: Launched at lime Saddle about 6 am, picked up a couple basic fish at the marina, then headed to north fork, turned south, towards the main lake, fished west side mostly. Amazing glass like water early, rare to find glassy days and no sun. Without the sun coming up, bite was off a tad. Seemed like a slow day, with better bite when ever the sun poked out. I managed just 17 spots today, but did get 4 large mouth, not large, 2 in a row, about 13"-14" surprised me. No large fish today, all basic from 12-14 1/2" Surprised to see the lake a degree cooler then my last trip. Fished mostly Texas rig roboworms today, 2 tome brown colors. Next trip this coming Tuesday. Water dropping, guessing near 15 feet down now. The island at N.fork, west fork intersection well visible now.
Tips: Most fish taken in 25-30 feet of water today.
Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6 am, stopped fishing at 10:30 am. Fished mostly the North fork from west fork towards the main lake. One of those days one likes. First cast, 13" spot, second cast, another 13", then got slow, so moved and the bite was on. Fished about 3 different locations and managed just 19 fish today. One at 16", one 15" with the rest basic size 13-14" with a couple 12" mixed in. Most fish either tight to the shore, or 20-25 feet, better fish were about 25 foot mark. Tossed mostly senko's Texas style, also some basic browns roboworms. When the wind picked up about 9:30-9:45 the bite got great. Large rocky areas, or boulders tended to hold fish for me. Got 8 fish out of one location. Catch a fish, stay in the area a while and give it a chance, many time more just waiting. Lake appears to have dropped 10-12 feet now, over the last 3-4 weeks. I don't feel like the bite is quite wide open yet.
Tips: Today's best color watermelon and cream laminate senko's.
Report: Launched at line saddle about 8 am, stopped fishing at 10:30 am. Went to the north fork, then towards the main body a couple miles, fished about an hour, nothing. Headed back towards the west fork, stayed on north fork, and fishing was on. I managed 29 fish, with only one 15", a couple 14 1/2" with the rest the basic 12-14" stuff. Texas rigged laminate senko's 4" just killed them, darn near every cast a fish on. Steep banks, lots of rock was the ticket. More rock, better the bite. Fish were close up to shore, 5ft to 25ft was the ticket for me. Surprised to find decent fish shallow. Full on bite a few more weeks out is my guess. Me, too hot to fish later then 10:30am. Caught a weird fish, think it was a pike minnow? about 13" odd looking thing.
Report: My first report. Fish with my brother his boat or his buddy's. I am the Grasshopper they are the Sensa.
OTW at Lime Saddle 7:45am.. Fished all the way down the WB and up the NF 1mile. Worked the shears 0-35ft. 3 of us hung 90 Spots with some LM to 1.5lbs. Flat calm in the AM to 15mph and finished with 5mph.
The mud in.the PM with Small Chatrues Gittsitts best but smally Beavs and Kietecs good for bigger fish.
Finished at 3:30.
Always looking for ride in between caring for the parents.
Report: Launched at Lime saddle right at 6am, fished till 10:45 when it got hot! First cast got a spot, nice when that happens. Average 1/2 day trip, with 12 spots, and no large ones. All 12-14 1/2" range, mostly 13". Half the fish on senko's, the other half on worms. Sad to see the lake has come down 16"-18" in the last 8 days, have a marker I always look at.
Report: I went out fishing today with Jeff, got a late start, launching about 8:30 am, back at the docks by noon. Took a chance and fished the main body of the lake where banks were very steep, with mostly small rubble and occasional larger rock. Finally we got a few nicer fish, total 13 spots, lost two, with one 16", one 15 1/2", one 15" and the rest 13-14". Interesting two of the larger were caught on senko's, which were didn't think were going to give us fish. All the other worms. Some fish shallow, other 25-30 foot range. Kind of a mix of depth for fish today. First senko fish this year for us.
Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:30 am, fished till 10":45 am. Slower bite today for some reason, and not as many suspended fish seen chasing bait!! no idea why. I managed just 11 fish, 7 spots, 4 of them small mouth. Largest a suspended spot right at 22 feet. Saw her chasing bait, dropped straight down to 22 feet and get her almost right away in 35 feet of water. Not much wind today which made for a pleasant trip. Going out next Thursday with Jeff, launching at the dam.
Report: Finally got a day with very light winds, Launched about 6:30 at lime saddle, stopped fishing about 10:30 am. Weird, no fish around the docks this morning. First point on my way to N. fork, half way to the bridge, tossed a worm, let it settle and fish took it and left at the same time, no tap, just bam. Thought I had a massive spot till it shook it's head from side to side, a nice 8 1/2 pound catfish. Fished rocky steep banks and got 18 spots, largest at 14 1/2" Spots were 12-14 1/2",Noticed that the blue gill are moving up more shallow, lots of those tiny peck like hits, but nothing ever really took the worm. Good, bluegill around means spots too. Most fish in the 20-30 foot range. Tossed natural brown colors mostly, as I always do. Decent trip, but still not full swing yet. My guess, 3-4 more weeks for wide open bite.
Report: Launched at the dam. Very windy early. We headed towards Middle/South Fork. Started drop shot fishing robo's at the left point just past the green bridge. Caught several spots (6 or 7)(biggest 2 lbs) along this rocky bank and all the way to the back of the cove to the standing timber. After that we headed up the South Fork fishing the East side for some smaller spots (nothing over 1 lb). Then crossed over to the west side where it looks really steep and there are bigger rocks. Only 1 or 2 small spots caught here. Fished back into that first cove on the right catching several fish and fish got smaller the farther back we went. Came back out and headed farther up the south fork fishing the right or (South side) not much past the floating restrooms. Caught 4 or 5 but nothing bigger than 1.5 lbs. Headed back to the Middle Fork and fished South facing side (North side)heading up the fork for 3 to 5 more. Lastly headed back to the first cove just past the green bridge and fished the East side point back to the timber for 2 or 3 more. Not sure on the math for each place but I do know that we caught 30 total but nothing bigger than 2 lbs.
City: Citrus Heights
Tips: All fish but 1 caught drop shotting Robo's or Gulp Hollow Creux (small bright orange worm looking thing). Color didn't really seem to matter as fish were caught on Salt & Pepper, Oxblood, Morning Dawn, Gulp Hollow Creux, and a few other colors.
Report: Launched at 7am and off the lake at 9:30 am. Damn was it windy, so much so, i gave up fishing. Wind had to be 30-35mph as a guess, the most wind I ever saw on the lake. My little boat was impossible to hold in position at all. Move to a cove near Lime saddle, figured I could maybe catch something, and to my surprise, got a nice fat 4 pound LM. The only fish of the day. Wish all were like this. She took a brown worm, hit fairly hard too.
Report: Launched at lime saddle about 7am, fished till 10:30. Water another degree warmer this trip. Steep rock banks working best, boulders help. I managed just 11 fish this trip, with half the fish spots, the other half small mouth. Beginning to see lots of suspended fish chasing bait and managed to get a couple, both SM. Fish slow, soft bites. Natural colored worms work best for me. Most fish getting fat with eggs, nice and plump. Biggest today 14 3/4, most 12-14". Funny, ask most fisherman hows the bite and they all say 50 fish days, I say bull crap, just talk. Watched a couple boats and I'm telling you, they are not catching 50 fish per trip, at least not in the N. fork or west fork. Improving bite though.
Report: Went out several times in past 2 weeks, to test everything on my boat...and primarily worked on main body, a bit of North and West forks and some coves/points around. It seems like fish are staging against steep cliffs, and good drop offs around shallow points with some rocks. Averaging about 15 basses each trip, about 3 hours each. Last trip, one spot along the drop off by shallow area, brought bass after bass, on about each cast, about 30 basses. Average size is about 14 to 15 inchers.
Tips: Texas rigged worms in pumpkin color, and senkos...Work the bait very slow! No reaction action yet!
Report: Forgot to post my last few trips, mostly because I did really terrible for 3-4 weeks prior to today and busy and forgot to post. Getting just a few fish-3-5 per trip, just couldn't find them. Today was better, launched at Lime Saddle and fished mostly north fork north and south of west fork. Just about all my fish from steep rocky banks or narrow, steep points. No fish on basic banks or coves. Managed 10 fish today, with one at 16", and funny, got a giant blue gill, dinner plate size, had to be over a pound. Somehow He got hooked with a roboworm texas style. All other fish basic 13 inch stuff. Guessing a few more weeks 3-4 and the bite will be full on like we all like it. Catching a blue gill is a good sign, both fish mingle together many times and are moving up.
Report: I have to agree with the previous report by x man? I guided three young guys who were a lot of fun and good fishermen. We spent our time in the middle fork, and I was fascinated by the "new look" rock formations. Don't often see the structure at 145 feet!! The bite started very slow as we began at 9:30. Moving up the middle fork, about noon, things really picked up. We just fished 6" Robo worms, mostly Texas rigged. Most were 13-14 inches with 2 or 3 of them at 2 lbs. We too had about 9 - 9 1/2 lb for the 5 best. Two of the fellas landed several of the spots and the other landed 2 and lost 200 - or so!! I think he was telling too many jokes - he had all of us in stiches!
Tips: We used Aarons Magic, morning dawn w/chartreuse tail, and MMIII most of the time. Also caught a few on a smallie beaver. The steeper rock walls produced the best. It was weird to me that the sandy and clay type banks did not produced any bites. Might be too early for that type of bottom.
Report: Had some rain and wind with the front that came in on Friday and early Saturday. Spots want to get on beds, but were put back off with the cold weather. Lots of males right up on the bank 12"-14" fish. Move around a lot, until you find them, when you do there will be quite a few fish.
use reaction baits to find the fish, then slow down with plastics to catch them. Still having problems finding bigger fish. Our best 5 would of only been 9lbs.
Water level is down 145 feet. Main ramp at bidwell is open.
Tips: Rip baits, shakey worms, jigs, tubes, Arigs
all the standard colors are working. 2 more week and bite should be wide open.
Report: Fished today for a few hours from 7am to 10am. Same slow bite as it has been for me the last three weeks. Be careful, lots of wood these days. All I managed was 5 fish, basic 13-14" spots, with one little largemouth at 14". All my fish on tubes in about 25 of water. Sure wish the water would warm up a tad. Bite has been shitty for me since the water came up so much a few weeks ago. Still rising.
Report: Today I fished with Sunny from 7am to 10:30 am. Wow, lake sure looks different with the rise of water from the last rains. Best guess is it's up 12 feet maybe more. Cool and windy, water dirty and not looking good as it used to. Today we managed 12 fish, with Sunny catching the bulk of them, with one right at 15" or so. Most fish the basic 13-14" size. Sunny, your one darn good fisherman, think you could teach me a lot about catching spots. Thanks for fishing with me.
Report: Damn, i went fishing again today at Lake Oroville, from 7 am to 10:30 am. Nice day on the lake with an improving bite. Water temp up to 52 degrees, about a degree a week right now. Once we get into the 60 plus range, bite will be wide open. Better count, got 13 spotted bass with finally one at the 15" range. All other fish 13-14 inch. Water still coming up, even though no rain for quite a while. Getting rain tomorrow to Monday, with estimated 4-10 inch depending where one lives. This should give the lake a little boost of water.