Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 674.20 ft. Daily Statistics
Wednesday, Sep 2
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,068,364 2,238 1,425 0.00 81
Saturday, Sep 5
Hi: 72 ° F
Lo: 45 ° F
Today
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 9%
Tonight
Clear
Precip: 0%

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.

    Oroville
    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.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 74

    Report: Launched at lime saddle about 5:45 am, headed back in at 10 am. Decent day, headed from lime saddle and hit the north fork headed to the main lake, got 32 fish, 10 fish in the first hour. Largest a nice 16" large mouth, the other a 15" spot, with all others 12-14" basic size range. Fish were tight to shore, or deep, depending on the location. Glass lake for the first 3 hours, light sprinkles of rain, light breeze the last hour.

    Tips: wacky weightless senkos got 3-4 fish, all others on roboworms, brown colors.

Friday, June 5th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 73-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Did a short trip to the end of the north fork, left the ramp about 6 am, stopped fishing about 10 am. Weightless wacky senkos in the beginning, got 3-4 fish, but no good size fish. Went to Texas rig roboworms and fished the day out, ending up with 17 fish, largest a fraction under 15", ever so close. Also one 3 pound catfish on a roboworm, felt the weight and thought, got a good one, till it shook it's head. Very light breeze, but sure was hot at 10 am!! Got a few Paul Krew hand made baits in a 3" minnow, going to give them a try this coming Wed. They look ever so real, got about 6 different colors to try.

Monday, June 1st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 6 am headed in about 10 am, got tired of the wind today. Not a special trip, got 14 fish, with 1 16", 2 15", 2 14 1/2" the rest basic 13-14" variety. One of the 15" was a large mouth, surprised me. Tossed senkos wacky weightless rigs and Texas rigs with roboworms. Both caught fish about the same today, too windy for much senko fishing. Surprised to see the water up to 73 degrees, giant jump up in temps. Headed to end of north fork next trip. Bite seems off a tad today, no idea why.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 68-69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I went fishing today with Jeff, on his boat, launched about 6:15-6:30 am at the spill way. Jeff got the first fish, nice 16 1/2" chubby fish. Fished the area, no more, so moved across the main lake, and in no time had another 16", Around the bend another 15", then another 15", then a 16", a couple 14 1/2" one being a large mouth. It was so good to get into larger fish today. Our best 5 were about mid 9 pounds, or so. We ended up with only 13 fish when we called it a day at 11 am. Of all our fish only 2-3 were the basic 13" size, the rest over 14". Great fishing for the main lake.

    Tips: We fished wacky weightless 6" Senko's in the laminate colors. The larger worms were just too large for the smaller fish. Not a lot of fish, but better size when fishing this way. We fished STEEP banks with deep water.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle 6 am, stopped fishing 10:30 am. Fished N. Fork area heading towards main lake, from west fork. Decent day, 21 spots, 1 large mouth, nothing over 14 1/2" Most all my fish 20-35 ft range. Most places I fished gave up 2-4 per area before I moved to another location, points, steep rocky banks, clean looking water seemed to always have fish, like the cleaner, the better. Texas and drop shot worms this trip. Basic trip, nothing different. Water dropping as always!!