Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 699.49 ft. Daily Statistics
Thursday, Nov 23
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,250,756 3,379 4,037 0.00 6
Friday, Nov 24
Hi: 59 ° F
Lo: 43 ° F
Partly Sunny
Precip: 5%
Mostly Cloudy
Precip: 5%

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 74-75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Drove all the way to bidwell so I could fish the middle fork today, launched about 6am, off the lake about 11:30am. Could not find any decent fish today but did find plenty of small fish. All fish went from 11-13" today, and even a few 9-10" fish. Fished deep, shallow, mid levels and no large size fish, like they all went on vacation today. Managed 23 fish, best right about 13". Thought today would have been great with the cloud cover, but not for good fish. Better luck next week. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Sadddle about 5:45am, surprised me, very light winds today. Bite way off from last week, no idea why, but no larger fish to be found this morning. Not many fish either, and the ones in the mood were small and dinks too. Managed just 17 fish today, largest right at 13 1/2" with most 12" to barely 13" and 4-5 dinks tossed in. Hard for me to find fish today, most fish where water was clean and clear, murky water had none for me. Picked up 3-4 fish at each location, just small ones!!! Forgot to mention last week, remember spots tend to school. Fished 3 locations last week and first location gave up all my large fish and about 20 fish before I moved on. Catch fish, stick with it and give it a chance, more are generally waiting.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 72-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Guess the holiday boat traffic didn't both the fish much, great trip today. Seemed like every cast a hit. Launched about 6:35am at lime saddle, stopped fishing at 10am when it got hot. Fish were deeper today, with most fish caught 25-35 feet. 38 fish today, with one 15 1/2" in the picture, the others no picture as the camera battery died and no back up with me. The other two were 16" and 16 1/2", 4-5 14-14 1/2" and the rest basic 12-13" fish. Never made it to the N. fork, blowing winds kept me from that area, so fished the lime saddle area and a little out at the end of the west branch, trying to stay out of the winds! Roboworms the trick today, no wacky rig fish!! Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 67-68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took my son Jesse fishing, one of our two trips each year. He's not a fisherman, but loves to see the lake and catch fish now and then. We did a lot of sightseeing of the lake, more then fishing. Started in the south fork, went as far as the bridge. He's not a rubber man, so set him up with night crawlers on a Carolina rig. Worst part was, me having to bait the hooks, take all the fish off hook, he can't stand touching either! and un-stick his hang ups on the bottom. Fished an hour or so, caught a couple small 12-13" large mouth and a few spots and decided to go to the end of the middle fork. At 21mph, this takes some time in my boat. Went to where the middle fork turned to river, just far enough to see the water fall, beautiful area. We fished about another hour and managed to catch 18 fish total, with him getting the biggest of the day, just shy of 15" Doing some serious fishing next week. Picture in fishing forum.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: not sure will start checking meter for temp when out

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: fished north fork again very few bites caught 4 fish, nice weather in the morn then got windy went in before 2 saw an old billy goat down on a rocky wall near the water ,that was a strange site

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

  • Water Temp: did not take it fairly warm

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: fished the north fork for the day had about 30 fish mostly under 12 in an mabey 10 that ranged to 14in , purple flake senkos , it was windy

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 67-69

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lauched at Lime Saddle about 5:30am, nice early start. Blow wind blow. The N. Fork sure gets winds early just as Lunker Larry says, can darn near set your clock by the winds!! Still hate them. Didn't do so good, Senko bite has gotten slow, with only 13 fish caught this trip. Water doesn't look so good, very cloudy, so headed back to Middle fork next trip, love the clearer water and rock structure this area. Got one thin 15" and all the rest basic 12-14" Next trip my son will use live night crawlers, mostly because he's not a fisherman, but will probably catch more fish, spots love night crawlers, we'll see you all next week. Picture in fishing forum.

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Thought I'd try fishing the west branch west of lime saddle, since it's been over a month since my last trip into the area. Launched 5:45, off the lake 10:30am. What a mistake that was, lousy looking water (dirty) and very few fish to be found. First cast 14 1/2" decent fish, after that nothing but 10-12" fish. I don't think I'll be back in this area for a long time. Nothing seemed to work like the rest of the lake. Tried just about every color, style, very few takers. Only caught 12 fish, one decent, the rest bait size!!!! Back to N. Fork for me, then when my son comes, middle fork :>) Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Don't know why, but the North fork blows so much in the early hours, hate trying to fish when it's like that, but it does die down about 8:30am. Launched about 5:45, stopped fishing at 10:30am when it got hot. Fished mostly the east side of the N. fork, where it connects to the W. branch. Fish seemed smaller today, with the bulk 12-13" and a few dinks too under 12" Dropped weightless senko's for all my fish today, they love those things right now, darn near every cast a hit. Lost a lot of fish, most feeling like dinks eating one end only, set the hook and a miss. Managed 32 fish today, 2 15", 3-4 14", with the rest basic fish at 12-12". Miss the middle fork! Pictures in fishing forum.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 65

    Report: Got off work early fished the south fork, tough bite. Only 15 fish between the 3 of us. I really hate these cold fronts shuts the bass bite down, almost like early spring. Coves look great but fools gold. Fish eastern banks for more sun and warmer water points still good like always. Bye bye.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Yes, again, but this time went out with Joe in his boat. Left the launch ramp at Bidwell about 6:30am, off the water about noon. Just like recent trips, didn't seem to matter where one fished. Started in S. fork, got a few fish, then went to as far as we could in the middle fork, but got stopped at the log chain that was collecting wood, couldn't go any further, so just turned around and fished our way back towards the main lake. Full on bite, we managed just 30 fish this trip, me still tossing weightless wack senko's, still getting bites. Two fish right at 15" or maybe a fraction smaller. All the rest the basic fish 12-14", and the usual runts, 7-9", guessing about 5 runts. Overall, great fishing again. It's time to fish this lake, even a novice will catch fish. Great trip Joe. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:15am, fished till 11am. Bite was better today. Tossed wacky weightless Senko's the whole trip, and glad I did. Seemed every single stop on the way to the N. Fork had fish to catch, crazy good fishing right now. Managed 23 spotted bass this morning with two 15", 4-5 14-14 1/2" and the rest basic 12-13". Oh, and one red eye attached a 5" senko half the size of the fish!! crazy how small fish take on bigger baits. Crazy busy on the lake now that the water is up, like a weekend day in the summer!! Caught most fish from 5ft to 25ft. Kind of like wacky fishing, slow and easy, just right for this old man!!Pictures in fishing forum.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62

    Report: Bored, so had to go fishing. Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:30am, off the lake at 10:30am. Slow morning for some reason. Tossed Senko's and roboworms and managed to catch 17 spots, mostly small fish, with just 4 fish in the 14" range, all the larger fish caught on Senko's, the smaller 12-13 1/2" on roboworms, texas rigged. Fished the Lime Saddle area, always a housboat in sight. Next week heading to N. fork, see what I can coax in to biting. All fish caught less then 25 ft, no deep fish, but did try. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Drove over to Bidwell so I could fish the middle fork, launching about 6:20 am, off the lake about 11:15am. Decent day, not a lot of larger fish, just one 15", 5-6 14-14 1/2" with all the rest typical 12-14", total 23 fish today. Bite seems to be good just about anyplace with some type of structure. Most fish on Roboworms today, just 5-6 on wacky weightless senko's, but the senko's did catch the larger fish. Fish shallow to 25-30 foot or so. Dinks kind of rule the first 10ft. Picture in fishing forum.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

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    Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We launched at about 7:30am at Spillway. We headed straight to south fork and started our fishing across the shoreline from Stringtown. It was nice and calm while we're trolling on and off using natural color crankbait (10-15ft divers) and suspending jerkbait. Our first catch off a crankbait was about 3-4lb. We caught around 20 fishes around the area (more smaller ones 8-10inches-12-13 inches). We traveled towards north fork and decided to fish along the banks, just a little north of Bloomer's boat in campsites. We were slowing drifting south while using Keitech swimbait and watermelon brushhogs. Brushhogs was hitting like crazy!! We fish about 8-10 feet off the shore. We caught over 50 fish along that strip of shoreline. It was a decent day of fishing for us!

    Tips: We use watermelon tiny and baby brush hogs rigged in a size 1 worm hooks (weedless) with a free sliding 1/8 oz bullet weight. Bass love em!

Monday, April 18th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 61-62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 6:30am at Lime saddle, stopped fishing about 10:30 am. Fished the west fork area out in the Nelson bar area. Damn, lots and lots of wood in this general area, be careful. Fished some old spots used to fish a few years ago and found fish at those locations. About half the fish on wacky weightless Senko's, the other half on roboworms, texas rigs. Found the better fish came from the senko's, the roboworms got much smaller fish today, a couple barely big enough to be fish. Managed just 18 fish today, largest at 14 1/2" with the rest 10-14". Water looked lousy in this area, much nicer in the middle fork. Seeing lots of carp in shallows, must be spawn time for them or they like eating the green growth that went under water. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62-53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Drove to Bidwell so I could fish the middle fork, rather then launch at Lime saddle. Launched at 6:30 am, stopped fishing about 10:30 when the breeze picked up. Decent day, managed 24 spots this morning, Only one solid 15", 8-9 in the 14-14 1/2" range, with most other the basic 13-14" variety, and yes 2-3 dinks. All fish on wacky weightless Senko's, easy old man style:>)) Water is a tad warmer, 62-63 degrees, making the spots want to spawn. Love the middle fork! Pictures in Fishing forum

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 64-65

    Report: I feel ya Tom. I also went out Wednesday a little further south of you and later in the day (4:30 till dark). I had my line right hook b-hog and sinker ready to roll up some big ones. Even got the net out, shoot. Not the case a lot more skinny fish. I did notice the water temp went up 4-5 degrees from the warmest water I found last time I went out. Serge was killing me on the crank bait bite, they seemed to be chasing more with the rise in temperature. Our biggest ones around 15'' too, but they had fat bellies. Had a big momma on for a few till she knocked me off on a limb. By far biggest fish I had on this year. Another note that's the same cove as the 18'' largie I caught earlier this year. For some reason the water is way warmer in that cove all the way up to 70 degrees and the fish were bigger.

  • Water Temp: 58-59

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished with Jeff again this trip, launched a tad after 7am, fished till about 11:15am. We fished the same general area as last week in the middle fork, thinking larger fish, but nope, not this trip. Caught 35 plus fish, most with weightless wacky rigged senko's, a few Texas rigged roboworms. Anything with chartreuse seemed to help the bite. Seemed every other cast got a hit, but seems the males are beginning to move in to make beds as very few larger girls caught. Got a few close to 15" didn't measure any, but had a blast with so many hits. Color didn't seem to matter much! Love the middle fork! Saw an otter fishing as we worked our way down a bank, dive under for a minute, up swimming, then another dive for fish. Cool seeing otters in the lake. Bite is getting better!! Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: high 57

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lauched today at Lime saddle about 6:45 am, fished till 10 am. Found quite a difference from fishing the middle fork, to lauching at Lime Saddle. Water is so dirty over lime saddle area and the north fork, middle fork looks 5 times better, and fishing seems much better in the middle fork. Only got 11 fish today, most 13-14" and a couple 12-13", with just one 15". Fished roboworms as last trip, several colors and styles, all did good for me. Harder to find the fish today, but it's like that sometimes. N. fork has so much wood, be careful! Back to middle fork next trip!! Pictures in fishing forum.