Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 821.75 ft. Daily Statistics
Monday, May 21
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
2,446,834 4,141 2,145 0.01 95
Tuesday, May 22
Hi: 77 ° F
Lo: 52 ° F
Chance Rain Showers
Precip: 42%
Chance Rain Showers
Precip: 42%

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 49-51, Elevation 860.03

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6:30am at Lime Saddle, off the lake right at 10:30am. Good time on Oroville lake today, but fishing not so good. Only caught 0ne 13 1/2" spotted bass, but my luck, the battery died on my camera, so no picture. Didn't want to stress fish changing the battery. Water on it's way up again, ever since they let it all out during the spillway fiasco, now 860.03. Giant wood all over the lake, slow boating for now. Water is beginning to clear up a tad, much better then my last trip. Skipping next week, waiting on the water to warm some more. Up to 51 degrees in some of the coves. 49-50 most other open water locations. 58-60 degrees the fish will feel like eating again and catches will be good again. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

  • Water Temp: 46-47 degrees, 842.27 feet elevation.

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Been a super long time since being able to get on the lake, all rainy days for nearly a month or the lake was shut down needlessly!! Launched about 6:30am today, off the lake about 11am. Where did the fish go. Fished hard and only caught 1 spot about 13", nothing else. Tried just about everything and no bites except for the one fish. Water looks like half mud, pretty darn dirty if yo ask me. Fished the lime saddle area, and several locations going to the N. Fork, which was blowing as usual. Could not buy me a bite at all. Lots of wood in the water, be careful. These are pictures the day the lake got closed, right at 902 feet at lime saddle. Pictures in fishing forum showing lime saddle at 902 feet elevation.

Monday, January 30th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 45-46

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime saddle about 6:45 and found plenty of wood stacked up on the launch ramp, as the winds always blow it to the ramp early am. As I always do, give the ramp a try before leaving and 9 out of 10 times, pick one up. Water still plenty cool, 45-46 degrees in my travels. Slow bite today, just 4 spots, like the one in the picture. Wishing it was mid March to have a decent bite again. !! Picture in fishing forum.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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    Water Temp: 46

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out on a Sunday afternoon. Launch at around 1:30. Went to middle fork and fished at areas with streams running into the lake. A few bites here and there. Boated back to Foreman Creek and was catching fish off of swimbaits (shiners). It was good fishing, but it got late and cold so came back. The few of us got 15-20 bites, landed 7 bass and 1 nice sized coho. We were lucky we got back to dock right before the rain started coming down hard.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 47

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Wow, felt like being on a new lake today with all the rains we got. Launched about 6:45am, off the lake at 10:30am. No more ramp walking, water came up 59.93 feet this week, and only 60 foot to go to match last years high water mark. Lots of BIG wood now, be careful. I think the water puddles around my home are cleaner, water looks like mud, stained the most I have ever seen. Fishing is as good as the water looks, not good. Although I did get 4 spots, but none with any size and they were loners, no hot locations. All fish were 13-14" range, typical of the one in the picture, which shows the stained water well. Looks like no fishing next week, as more rains coming. Too windy to get close to the N. fork, made my boat act like a kite, so gave it up without a serious try. Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, January 6th, 2017

  • Report: Gary Dobyns » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:25 pm

    I'm planning on throwing reaction baits all day but will have a Senko nearby just in case. I know i'll catch them but I worry about size. Oroville has been tough for a bigger bite. I'll start in the rivers and play it by ear after this. Hopefully I get a big bite to get me started. I rigged a rip bait, crank bait, A-Rig, spinner bait, a Chatterbait, and one senko rod.

  • Water Temp: 46-47

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, talk about cold and windy, coldest day ever for me and yes, I do dress for it. Got launched about 6:45am at lime saddle, and never left the general area as the winds were blowing way too much to head to the N. Fork or main lake area. left home in Magalia 33 degrees, ramp 36 degrees. Bite was ok, picked up 6 spots, best one about 14" and one was a largemouth, but just 12" My feet got cold, so ended up pulling out of the water at 9:30am, shortest trip I ever made. Figured today would be my last chance fishing as the rains will be all next week and lots of it. No pictures as I somehow deleted them all!! not sure how!

Friday, December 30th, 2016

  • Report: Larry Hemphill » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:53 pm

    I had my first guide trip at Oroville in awhile and turned out to be a very nice trip - WHEN it warmed up!! I took a father and his future "bass pro" 15 year old son yesterday and found the winter bite to be OK. This kid is "all business!" We fished the main body and the middle fork. Both were good stiks and the young man had a color worm that the bass just loved!! He was the hot stik with the most hookups - and the largest bass - a 2 1/2 lb spotted bass. Our bass seemed to be pretty good quality, several in the 1 3/4 to 2 lb range. We had 45 to 50 bites but only landed about 25. Bass seemed to be on steep clay banks with small rock (what else is new?) and from 20 to 40 feet deep. I was happy that they were good enough anglers to recognize the "pressure bite." We tried to fish any subtle differences in the miles of rock walls. I believe this was their first trip to Oroville.

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Think oroville needs a new name, wood lake right now. The rains brought lots of wood and large stuff, so be careful on the water. Launched about 6:45am at lime saddle, lots of wood on the ramp, so typical this time of year. Water came up 38 feet since my last trip on the 12th, total gain this year 54 feet. The stick bushes are getting back in the water, but were not holding fish today. Muddy, stained water everywhere I went. Tough bite, just 4 fish for me today, but first fish was a decent and rare 14" large mouth. Spots basic 13". Gave up fishing, as my trolling motor reverse gave up on me, so called it a day at 10am, just couldn't hold the boat in position with just one direction. To top it off, forgot my camera!!!.

Monday, December 12th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, was it ever cold today, fingers mostly. Something like 37 degrees when I got launched this morning, slightly breezy, no killer winds! Bite was slow, so typical this time of year, think water is about 51 degrees. Got 7 spotted bass, most looking like clones to this one, around 13 1/2-14", didn't really measure any. Looks like next week colder and lots more rains to help water levels. Light wood on the lake, didn't see any heavy stuff, be careful.!! Released all fish to grow bigger and catch again one day as always do. Two days ago the lake came up 9 feet, and 2 feet since then, 11 feet since the 10th. More coming which means lime saddle should make it till next year without a shutdown. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, it was cold today, 32 degrees at the ramp according to my car. Bite was just as cold, could not find fish worth a darn today. Still caught fish, but not many. Either fish were deep or just not in the mood as I only got 6 fish this am. But didn't fish long, gave up at 10:30 and called it a day, as my feet were just killing me from being cold. All fish about the same size as in the picture, didn't measure it, looked to be 13-maybe barely 14" Colder next week. Interesting, at the Lime Saddle ramp, a large school of Coho 6-7" fingerlings were breaking water all over the place, they must have planted today or a day or two prior. Quite a few going belly up too. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, another cold one on the lake today, 38 degrees at the ramp when I launched at 6:40am. With the rains we have been getting the water still looks good, not clouded up at all. Never made it to the north fork, winds blew so hard, that my trolling motor would not hold the boat, had to use the outboard on idle to hold position. Gave up fishing at 10:30, way too much wind for me and my little boat. Picked up a fish here and there, with last point in the winds giving up three fish. Kind of a slow bite today, got just 9 fish, best right at 15". Most caught 25-35 feet. One of these days, no wild winds might help me catch a few more. Did pick up one fish on my last cast of the day at the docks. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 57-58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, left home in Magalia, 38 degrees, not as cool at the lake but still cool. Surprised at how many boats launching today, as today was the only day to fish Oroville, with rain coming the rest of the week. Got launched about 6:30, to me a surprise, had to wait in line today. Guys, pre-prep your boats at the top of the ramp, not at waters edge!!! get it in the water and out of the way of others. Pet peeve of mine!! Bite was decent, picked up 4-5 fish the first hour, then it slowed slightly. Almost couldn't fish, my depth finder decided to go off and would not come back on for like an hour. Not knowing depth really sucks, makes one feel blind, not used to fishing like that, but eventually it decided to work. Loose connection or something. Anyway, caught 14 spots, all basic 13-14" like in the picture. Gave it a final cast at the dock and got number 15! always one last cast. Water still dropping Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Weatherman said sprinkles, guess what, RAIN!! Launched about 6:40am, stopped fishing about 10:30 as I was soaking wet. Decent bite, never left the west branch, mostly fished lime saddle to hwy 70. Fish seemed scattered, some shallow, some deep. Decent fish, but no big ones, all basic 13-14" variety, but looking nice and fat. Landed 15 spots, biggest right about 14". Had I had good rain gear would have fished more in the rain, but soaking wet clothing, not fun.!! Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launch at about 6:50am at Bidwell Marina with my buddy. Rode across to Loafer Creek to fish. Caught a few fish with crankbaits and lipless while trolling. Found some hot spots and was pulling decent amount of fish out from points. Mostly 13-14s and a few 12s when fishing bottom. Fish are starting to get fatten up. It slowed down at about 11 so we came home. Good day of fishing for us.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 61-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched with Jeff today in his boat about 7:30am at the damn, pulled off the water about noon. Ok fishing day, not bad, not great. We managed just 17 spots, fishing mostly the main lake and a short line dip in the middle fork, then back to the main lake. Calm day, hardly any winds for the lake today. Decent fish, most 13-14", no big ones today. Best fish 14" or so, but did not measure it, went 1.3 pounds. Better luck next trip!!! Picture in fishing forum.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Cool morning, burr. Launched at lime Saddle about 7am, fished till 10:45am. Wow, was it breezy today, hate that wind on days like this. Just so so fishing, with just 15 spots. Largest right at 15 1/2" taken on the submerged ridge from the point to the island where the West branch takes off in 25 feet of water. one other 15", no pictures as the battery died on my, let her go rather then stress her. Most all fish today 13-14" and fat looking, no 12" fish for a change. Water is on the way back up, not sure how long, but we did get a one foot rise with the rains. Quiet on the lake, very few boats today!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launch at Spillway at around 7am. Fishing tournament going on today (didn't know). My buddy and I knew it was going to be crowded today so we hit some spots that anglers didn't expect. We tried first fishing at around the Spillway area, but nothing was hitting. We rushed towards Foreman Creek and bam we hit feeding ground. The fish were scrambled around the area but were hitting pretty good. Sizes are decent 12-14. We caught about 15-20 fishes, all bottom although fishes were coming up for bait. Not bad considering the weather and anglers running around trying to find good spot to fish. No angler came to our spot so it was good to have it to ourselves. Decent day of fishing. We left around noon.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 61-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Had to get on the lake today, as it looks like the only day it won't rain. Launched about 6:45am at Lime Saddle, fished till 10:30am. Water still clear even though we had 6" of rain the last two days. Picked up 4 spots first point on the left heading to N. Fork. Amazingly calm, slight breeze. Second stop, a weird skinny 17" spot, guessing maybe it's a male?? didn't fight like the same full belly girls, still decent fish. Seemed every stop picked up 1-2 fish, last stop got maybe 7-8 fish from a 40 foot section of shore. Overall, decent bite today, 21 spots total, with 3 in the 14" range, and the rest 13" or so, and the 17 incher. Fished seems to be more shallow today, think the rains made them move up a tad to feed on whatever washed in while raining. Water 61-62 degrees. Some wood already, so be careful!! Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 6:45am at Lime saddle, breezy morning. Stopped at the first point on the left heading to N. Fork, and wham, picked up a nice 15" spot, no picture as the camera battery died, so let her go. Talk about breezy, just like last week, making my little boat act like a kite. Hate these days! Never made it to N. Fork, decided to find cover from the winds. Picked up 15 spots, with about half right at 14" today, the rest your basic 12-13" size. Second best fish 14 1/2" Lake levels never changed with the rains, still dropping 5-6" each day. Picture in fishing forum.