Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 655.27 ft. Daily Statistics
Tuesday, Nov 24
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
944,605 1,529 1,319 0.08 12
Wednesday, Nov 25
Hi: 38 ° F
Lo: 23 ° F
Chance Snow Showers
Precip: 35%
Partly Cloudy
Precip: 19%

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

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.