Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 672.79 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Oct 4
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,058,784 1,412 1,372 0.00 29
Tuesday, Oct 6
Hi: 75 ° F
Lo: 48 ° F
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 0%
Mostly Clear
Precip: 0%

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

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 6:20 am today, headed to the west fork and glad I did. Wide open bite till I stopped fishing at 10:30 am. No big fish, but plenty of action tossing worm. Managed to catch 34 fish, largest fish a 14 1/2" spot, with most running 12-13". Quite a few LM mixed in, guessing about 6-7 LM this morning, largest 14". Some dinks spots and LM under 12", 5-6 is my guess. Fished deep, 30 foot to 40 foot. Fished steep rocky banks only, no point fishing today. When driving across the Dam on my way out, noticed something swimming in the middle of the dam area, thought it was a person at first, then it dived, never coming up. Huge fish whatever it was!!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 78-79

    Report: *****Oroville Afterbay****

    Thought I give the afterbay a try with higher water levels, up to 135.5, the highest since I have been watching the water levels. For thos that don't know, you can check water levels by going to http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/quer ... an=24hours . I was completely amazed at how much of a change 2.5 feet of water makes, a completley different place when the water gets higher. I launched about 6 an, and tossed worms till about 9:30 am, leaving when the holiday crowd began to get too busy. Slower day for me, only got 8 LM, all fish at 12-13 inches, no larger ones today for me.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: ???

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Tossed worms today with Russ, launched about 6 am, fished till about 10:30 am, and fished the middle fork, first time for me in this area. I'm amazed at how different the middle fork is from the N. fork. Going to fish the area more often now that I saw the structure. No big fish, but plenty of fish and great time. 28 fish, with the largest at 14 1/2 inch. Pretty much typical bite, most fish 20 feet or deeper, with most caught at 25-35 feet. Wind drove us off, too much work to hold the boat and have fun with that typical blowing wind.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: ****Oroville Afterbay****Plenty of fish, just no larger size fish today. Launched a tad after 6 am, fished till 10 am. Tossed worms, light 1/16 oz Texas rig, and 1/8 Carolina rigs, worked the outside edge of the weed beds in 8-15 feet of water. Very active early, tapering off as the sun got higher. Best fish (picture) right at 14 inch all other fish 10-13 inch with a couple smaller dinks tossed in for 23 fish for the morning. Sure wish the water could be made to come up another 2-3 feet!!! Noticed at the ramp while taking the boat out, shore line full of tiny 2-3 inch bass, like a fish aquarium darn near. Spawn seems to have been good last spring.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

  • Report: This week the report is provided by Gary Dobyns.

    The water is low and there is not a lot of traffic. Guys are catching a bunch of fish, but nothing of real size - 8 lb limits are the norm.
    Roboworms and jigs are doing the best for catching numbers. The topwater bite is slow, almost non-existent. The afterbay can be dynamite unless they are pulling and pushing water. When the temperature changes there, the fishing drops off. The weights at the Tuesday nighters are pretty good with a big fish going about 4 or 4.5 lbs.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished lake Oroville today as I do most every week. Launched about 6a m, fished till about 10 am. Slight breeze in the morning coming off the hills as it always does and the 10 am delta breeze as always. I managed only 14 fish today, hard locating schools for some reason. ?Fist location got 7 spots, including the 15 1/2 inch in the picture. The only big fish of the day. All other fish 13-14" as typical for the lake. One was a 14" lM, slightly unusual catch. I have noticed that LM are being caught more this year then past years, but not many large ones yet. All fish taken in water 28-35 feet, so fish deep. Roboworm sculpin did it for me today. Small bait, but it catches fish. Think it's the pearl white bottom that makes spots like them. Texas rig, fished more like a drop shot, nearly straight down works well for me. Spillway Ramp still looking good, 4wd or you might get stuck pulling the boat out. Bite seemed off today, many of my honey holes, no fish!!!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched today at the dam, and the dam light were out. Seems it ran out of gas or something. Launching in the dark is a weird feeling with a steep drop on the lake side and backup lights don't really show much with the boat behind you. Normally I blast off to fish, but today decided to go slow and see how many fish I could mark. I was amazed, hundreds of fish, mostly in the 40-50 foot range, but many up in the 20-30 foot range. Mostly salmon is my guess. All this before the sun came up. Headed to the north fork tossing worms at about 6:30 am. Early bite just was not going to happen today. Nothing, no fish till the sun peeked from over the hill. First fish location 10 spots, no big one though. Moved on, next stop just one fish, same the next location. Ran all over the lake looking for fish, picking up just one each stop. Headed back in about 10 am, and stopped at a rock that tends to hold big fish. Right on, picked up a 15 1/2" at this location like I do many times. Total 15 spots, just one worth a mention of size at 15 1/2" Fish were not schooling well today, and scarce, overall a decent bite. Strong breeze the whole trip.

    Tips: Most fish caught at the 25-35 foot mark. Still fishing slow, like walking a frog, except on the bottom. Cleaner water tends to hold fish better, that cloudy stuff with no circulation not so well today.

Friday, August 14th, 2015

  • Water Temp: Forgot to check!!

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Big fish day. Launched at the damn, gravel! about 6 am, began tossing worms about 6:30 am, finished fishing at 10:15 am. Great day, got 27 spots, 13 spots first location, 14 spots second location. Ended up with a one nice 18 1/2", one 16 1/2" one 15 1/2", one 15" and one 14 1/2" to fill my bag. Most all the other fish from 12-14", average 13". By my chart, around 11.22, maybe more if I had gotten down to the 1/8" measuring.

    Tips: All my fish were 28 feet to 38 feet, so get deeper this time of year. Shallow fishing yields dinks too often. If you catch a fish, give the area some time, don't move on as most do. Go as light as you can on weight, me, mostly 1/8 oz 90% of the time. Lighter weights help prevent hang ups!! 3/16 oz is as heavy as I toss. Bite if super soft on bigger fish, pay attention, smaller fish not so soft a bite.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

  • Report: Provided by Dobyns Rods
    The water situation isn't good. It is very low. The concrete ramp at Bidwell will be out of the water any day now. It could be out by the time you finish reading this post. The fishing is tougher due to the time of year. The topwater bite is decent. Better in the late evening. Suggested lures are Vixens, Spooks and Ricos. Mid-day the fish are deeper 30 to 40-feet. Suggested baits are a darthead, dropshot or other finesse type presentation with Robos in Morning Dawn or Green Crawler.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Oroville AFTERBAY, not the lake. Fished my first trip here with Jeff today, what a change from the lake. We launched about 6 am, fished till about 10 am. Very odd feeling having tules and weeds in a lake!! We manages 6 LM, the largest at about 14-14 1/2" All fish taken on rubber worms, shallow, less then 10 feet. I'm going to have to learn this place and get some bigger fish.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 79

    Report: Tossed worms today from about 6:15 am to 9:45 am. Shitty day, the bite is way, way off from my last few trips. Fished seemed to have gone deep or full from eating all night in the full moon. Fished all my favorite locations and couldn't get but a couple fish out of each location. I only managed 13 fish today, largest a 14 1/2" large mouth, surprise me. All the rest of the fish were the basic fish, maybe a tad on the small side, smallest fish a whopper at 6", good bait size. I did get a catfish right at 5 pounds or so.

    Tips: Maybe don't fish with a full moon, I feel like I got skunked with not catching a normal catch for me. !!!!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 6am, tossed worms at 6:15am till 9:30am, to hot to fish much longer for me. Fished the same location again today, what a honey hole. Got 28 fish, 20 from the same steep point, then it died down and moved on. I ended up with one 17 1/2", two 15", 3-4 14 1/2", 3-4 14", the rest 12-13" basic fish. Also got 2 catfish at about 3-4 pounds. Love this lake, seems fish everywhere, if you choose the right locations. Second location gave up 8 fish when heading my way back to dock.

    Tips: All fish today from 20-38 feet, fish deeper, slow, with patience. I fished the first point about 2 1/2 hours. sometimes hot fishing, sometimes a tad slow, fish tend to come and go, not just hang out like other fish.

Friday, July 24th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took my son fishing today, he had not fished in nearly 20 years. Launched about 6 am, fished till 9:30 am. Took a while to get him to learn how not to get hung up on the bottom so much, but he got it. We caught about equal fish, got 27 fish total, with one nice 16 1/2", a 15", with the rest the basic 13-14" size. Also got 2 catfish, largest about 3 1/2 pounds. We fished just one location again, nice steep point I fished last trip.

    Tips: Fish were in the 20-35 foot range, with a couple in the 35-40 foot mark. Fish deeper and slow, and don't be afraid to hold on an area, as spots come and go a lot and roam an area. Today, great example, fished just one location the whole trip.

Friday, July 17th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at lime Saddle about 6 am, fished till 9:30 am. Headed to N. fork and decided to try a few steep rocky points at the beginning of the N. fork area. Man, did I ever hit the right locations today. Got 27 spots today. First point about 3 fish, one at 15", second point was the place, fish after fish from it, with one 16 1/2" and a 16", 2 14 1/2", along with a small 14" large mouth. Fished this point nearly 2 hours or more, getting 20 spots off it with most all fish over 13" and 3-4 at 14". Third point another 3 or so fish, bite slowing down at 9 am. got no fish after 9 am.

    Tips: If you know bluegill are in the area, spots are generally too. Too many fisherman, move way to fast to catch lots of fish. If you catch fish, give the location a good chance, fish it for a while, don't just move down the bank, your leaving fish behind if you do. Most all fish were 20 to 30 foot range, fish deeper, cooler water makes for happy fish. Smaller fish 0-15 foot.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out today with Jeff in his boat, launched a tad after 6am. Headed to north fork, picked a couple steep points and found fish. Most fish deep 20 foot 30 foot range, where the water is a tad cooler. One nice spot at 15" plus, maybe even 16", didn't measure, taking too long to get the board out, so just released it right away. Also got a nice scrappy small mouth, all other fish basic fish. Got 6 fish and Jeff needed to find a bathroom bad, so headed back to main lake bathroom. When we stopped, notice vapor from the motor, in the exhaust, trip over!!, took the boat off before we cause more problems. Two trip now in a row with a breakdown. My boat going in for repair Friday, so hope to be back fishing next week.

Monday, June 29th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The parking has been fixed at Lime Saddle for us old disabled fisherman. Wrote the state and complained and they moved the signs down, but short one post as it's been in the past. Walks up and a fraction better now for the early arriving fisherman. Launched early, 5:30 am trying to beat the heat. Got a couple in the ramp area, set of towards north fork. Opened the boat up at the bridge, got to the second point and the boat motor died, dead in the water. Of all days, no boats anywhere around, headed back with trolling motor, and a slight kick from the motor, as it would idle for a few minutes and then die. Did this all the way back to the ramp for the next couple hours. Fished the ramp area from about 8:30 am to 10 am and managed 17 fish, largest a 14" with most 12-13". Also got one 3-4 pound catfish. Damn hot day on the lake for those who really got to fish. Away till the motor gets looked at and fixed, then back fishing. Guessing 2 more weeks before the ramp closes due to low water.

Friday, June 19th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished again making up a messed up trip last wed. Launched about 5:45 an at lime saddle, fished till 10 am. Fished the north fork area from west fork towards the main lake. Seemed like the bite was slower, onlt managed to catch 18 fish, with just one at 15", a few in the 14" range with all others the basic 12-13" variety. I did catch one jumbo sun fish, had to be over a pound, darn near as big as a dinner plate, also one 3-4 pound catfish. Fish seemed deeper today, most in the 20-30 foot range, better fish on the deeper side. Me, generally stay away from 0-10 foot, too many dinks.