Oroville Lake and Reports

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Oroville Lake, Elevaton: 819.30 ft. Daily Statistics
Saturday, May 26
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
2,417,145 4,063 3,721 0.09 84
Sunday, May 27
Hi: 79 ° F
Lo: 52 ° F
Today
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 3%
Tonight
Mostly Clear
Precip: 2%

Date Unknown

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    Water Temp: 76-77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took clients out on Oroville at 6:00A.M. Started at West Branch with topwater bait, Pop'n Image made by Excalibur. Caught Spotted Bass ranging rom l l/4 -3 l/2 lbs., approximately 10 ish. Topwater slowed down around l0:30 A.M. Let or dam area and caught another 10-15 ish on Gittsits and Robo Worms in 5-20 eet. Most were in the slot, with some being over 15". Went to North Fork around noon and with cloud cover coming in tried topwater again with no luck. Went back to Gittsits and Robo Worms (Aaron's Magic), and caught another 20 ish. Overall a good day- 8 ish over 15" mark, with 1 20" Spot. Let lake around 4:00P.M.
    City: Paradise

    Tips: Good morning topwater bite, with the best ish being caught using a Pop'n Image. The rest o the 15" and over were caught on Gittsits and Robo Worms.

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    Water Temp: 60-63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was very good or numbers on Thurs and Fri. On Thurs, I guided a grandather and his 11 year old granddaughter, and we had a ball. I spent most o the time teaching her how to cast, set the hook, eel the bite (or lack o it), and she did great. She caught seven or eight, and lost a ton. Grandpa got a ew, and I managed a ew - we probably landed 22 or so. Only 1 over the slot. We used morning dawn Magic worms, Texas-rigged, and I caught one or two on a jig. We ished the middle ork. Friday, I think I converted a trout isherman!! He really had never bass ished beore, and in a 6 hour trip, we landed at least 45 - I lost count ater that! Thurs morning the topwater bite was pretty good, but not so good Fri morning. We started throwing the same 6" morning dawn Magic worms about 8 am, and the bite never stopped. It was amazing - usually there is a lull at sometime, but not on Friday. We ished all over the middle ork, but not too ar up, because o a shorter trip. It took him a ew minutes to get the hang o a subtle bite, but soon he was o to the races. He had a ball, and said that he never knew bass ishing could be so much un! He even got one over the slot, and I got a 17 inch spot, unortunately, kind o skinny! Most o our ish, both days, were about 10 to 30 eet deep. Boulder areas were holding a lot o bass, as were the outsides o creek channels.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Just drag the worm very slowly. No need to shake it. The bright sun didn't seem to bother the ish - the shady areas didn't seem to be any better. Interesting!!

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We ished a church tournament on Sunday. Longest ish to win a new Loomis rod combo. My dad and I couldn't ind the bigger ish as we had or the past ew weeks. Most had spawned out in the areas we looked. He got a bunch l dinks early on a Yozuri, and I stuck to the Zoom Lizard, cotton candy o course. Ater a slow morning we went searching. We did end up with a couple nice spots to 2.5 pounds. At the last mintue we stopped at the pilings at the entrance to South and Middle orks. I tossed a tube in a pocket on shore and nailed a 3 maybe 3.5 pound spot. That was cool. We went in only to ind a youngster with a 25 inch 8 or 9 pound hog!!! He sure ound one that was not done spawning.
    City: Paradise

    Tips: It seemeed that the quality ish are on the move back to main lake points, or a little deeper water at least. The hot sunny days may put them down a little. They seemed to start hitting pretty regularly though around 1:30-2pm. The craw pattern tube was my bait o choice this day.

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    Water Temp: 62-69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the 100% pro/am last weekend. Caught a lot o ish. Bite was good, but quality ish that would bite were tough to ind. Found them on Saturday but lost them on Sunday. Some ish are spawning and there are a lot more ready to go. Found ish suspended in deeper trees, staging in backs o coves, and on wood on steep banks. Almost all my ish were caught on small Senkos, even caught ish on them in open/deep water. Fish were rom 2-12 eet on Saturday and went a little deeper on Sunday with the bright sunny conditions. Did a little sight ishing, but had better luck on the pre-spawn ish. Caught about 20 ish per day up to 5.19#
    City: Brentwood

    Tips: Don't be araid to throw a Senko into places that you would normaly throw other baits such as open water bait schools, points, or rock piles. You might be suprised by the results. Oh Yea! Check your bag and live well beore you go to the scale, leaving a ish in the well can cost you a lot o money.

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    Water Temp: 54-57

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Just inished three days at Oroville, and managed to dodge all the weather bullets except the wind, which was terrible all three days. Trying to teach olks to ish worms, etc., in that kind o wind is a real challange. I had read a previous report about the ishing slowing down, and it has. Happened sometime over the weekend. We did manage to catch 11 in the middle ork on Tues, and 9 on Wed in the north ork. Most were tournament keepers, but only 3 over the slot. The #62 and 84 Magic worms were the best bait - Texas rigged. We did get a couple o topwater ish Tuesday evening. The jig bite has nearly died this week. Thursday, it turned colder and cloudy, but the bite did pick up or my new clients and so did the size. A ather and son, who always seem to catch big ish with me did so again. We landed 14 bass - 8 over the slot - with our 5 biggest around 13 1/4 lbs!! That is because one o my hotshot young clients (11 years old) was able to get a 5-3 largemouth that was crusing in a creek channel to take his #62 Magic worm. When I saw that ish turn sideways - I reaked. I did manage to remember to loosen his drag so she didn't break o. He handled her like a pro. I had just previously got a 3-5 largemouth to take the same color Magic worm. Ater photos, we put them right back, since they may have be ready to go on a bed. I was especially happy to get that big ish in the boat, because the day beore, another young client (12 years old) had lost a big largemouth. These quality ish get these youngsters hooked or lie!! This tends to work with adults too!!! I did get one spot on a jig, and a big hybrid spot-smallmouth (16 inches) on a #194 Senko. I was showing my clients how to ish a Senko near brush, just or un, and that ish ate it. What a beautiul ish it was - stunning colors! It's too bad that had to leave a bit early, 'cause the ish were bitting good in the aternoon. We did most o our ishing in the main body in the morning beore the wind was too bad, and then in the north ork. I have been inding good quality ish there this year. Also less pressure, I think.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: While we did ind some ish on points, most o our bass were in areas that were creek channels or cuts in walls. We caught ish rom 5 to 20 eet. I think there are more ish suspended now, as many have already spawned. I could not get anything going rippin'. They really wanted a worm - summer moss was working too (#65). I really was surprised how slow that jig bite was - it usually doesn't die-o this quickly. We were dragging the worm very slowly - ish were not aggressive at all.

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    Water Temp: 54-56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishin was much slower today than it has been. We boated around 20 but the bite was tougher since the bad week o weather. Fish were timid, but there were some interested in our 6 inch worms, Morning Dawn, and Smoke with Purple Vein. A ew keepers, a bunch o dinks.....hope the weather warms and stabilizes.....typical spring story.
    City: Paradise

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: i ish this lake daily and make special baits to intice bass im oering this to those who plan to ish the pro amim avaliable to help those who are havingtrouble with this lake at 530 589 5994or a reasonable ee your boat my time my baits and big ish i have good results in the past who knows we might become riends p s ish ast n hard
    City: oroville

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the New Bass Semi-Pro event out o Oroville. I preished on riday, started around 1 in potter canyon. Caught a ew on worms, but none were over 1.5 pounds. Then I worked a lat with a spinnerbait and caught a ew decent ish around 2 pounds. Then went in to the very back o the cove and caught a couple more on blades and worms. Had to stop ishing at around 4 because I dropped my brand new loomis in the water, that I had just bought the previous day. The reason I had to leave is because I jumped in ater it and I was damn cold ater trying to snag it or an hour with a rattle trap. Thankully Larry Newby the tournament director got the rod the next day or me with help rom his aqua view camera. Anyways, tournament day we started o throwing ZEN spinnerbaits on lats in about 6 eet o water. We ended up catching about 15-20 ish with the smallest one being 1.5 pounds and the biggest one 3.15. We got 2nd place with 7 ish or 15.8 pounds, missing 1st place by about 3 ounces. And we did this all ishing out o a zodic.
    City: San Mateo

    Tips: White spinnerbaits with a lot o lashabo, and gold and silver double willow blades. Fish the points on lats when the wind is blowing.

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    Water Temp: aboiut 64

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was not as good or us as the previous report ound. South ork was ull o 12" and smaller ish eating 4"worms. From 11 to 4:30pm, we did spinnerbait about 20 ish w/5 or 6 over 15". I lost 3 or 4 more that would have gone 15". Most o these ish were suspended!
    City: Yuba City

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    Water Temp: 00

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I haven't ished O'ville in 10 years. I just wanted to ask two o your regular posters to contact me. Pat Diling and Len Kovats please EMail me at KJEAN246@AOL.COM. It's still too cold to here in Ohio. To administrator: Not trying to violate your rules just wanted to contact two o my old area ishing buds. The EMail addresses on their posts did not work when I tried to contact then.Bill Duette
    City: DAYTON

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished middle ork today with my dad. We got out around 11 and were on ish immediately. Purple weenie and green ghost did the most damage in airly shallow cove with lots o trees. Later in the aternoon dad tried 6 inch zoom lizard....cotton candy and it was wide open. Happy to report 47 ish, suprisingly healthy sizes too. Biggest was 3.5, lots o keepers though to 2.5. Best day on the lake in a while. They seem to be movin in and turning on.
    City: Paradise

    Tips: Figure out the color o the day and hammer it until they quit.....then get the next one......

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    Water Temp: 58-59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: ished the CVBC tourney this weekend. did not do as well as the other poster here, but did ind a good jig bite. Stayed in main lake and middle ork. ish were located rom 5 - 25 t. deep. They were biting - hard, but not taking the bait. inally igured out to wait them out, and set only ater eeling weight - still only managed to hook one in ten bites. 16.1# won or ten ish in a two-day tourney. Thanks to Scott L or letting me in the boat ater my motor blew sat. Thanks to CVBC member Dave R or taking time on a tourney day to tow me in!
    City: belmont

    Tips: rodstrainer ootballs - 1/2 ounce with yammie twin tail trailer. toss all the way to the bank and drag it all the way to deep water. be patient - many bites came as jig was not moving. oh - a bit o a ripbait bite too - on staysee ghost minnow. trick there was to work the ripbait very slowy.

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    Water Temp: 58-60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: preishing or our club tourney. suxed Sat. ew blowups on topwater, but they weren't taking. Caught my irst 'real' dropshotting ish, though, so it was un learning a new technique. Not many, and a tourney that went out that day (Chico Bass Club i think? - sorry, didn't get details) had a 67 boat tourney - winning weight was just over 11lbs. - team tourney seven ish, i think.. we caught our ish minly in areas with sparse standing timber. Sunday, did much better with about a dozen ish. I think that the cloudy day helped the bite on sunday. Fish were in dierent kinds o banks, just not in the gentle sloping areas.
    City: belmont

    Tips: dropshot and jigs. The spots were spitting up pond smelt like crazy..

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    Water Temp: 65ish

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished main lake points and area near dam wed. catching ish dartheading 4" worms and dropshoting 3" worms in around 30t. Nothing on topwater and nothing on jigs, but never threw them much either. Best 5 went around 9 pounds or so with 3 o them over the slot.Thursday I started in the middle ork and got 2 on a super spook early. Both keepers with one o them being over. Located submerged hump 35t. down 200yds rom shore and not marked in the middle ork and got 5 o that dropshoting, all keepers with 1 over. Did'nt stay in that spot or more than 45 min., but I think I could o loaded the boat there. They were all over that hump. Fished and inished the day in the main body dragging dartheads, bouncing the dropshot in 40t., and throwng white spinnerbaits in the mudline. Caught bigger ish with the spinnerbait. Best 5 this day was around 11 pounds with 3 overs.
    City: Brentwood

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    Water Temp: 79-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out with little bro (sPat) who lives 10 min. rom Lime Saddle. No dawgs but had a ton o un and a lot o ish. We were determined to not worm!!! Started with spooks and poppers with no luck and quickly changed to rippin' Lucky Crat and Husky Jerks and pounded 'em good. As the sun came up ripped deeper with shad raps and rattle traps and continued the un. Bounced brown jigs with yammie twin tails in 180,157 and spider grubs with ootball heads in 297,042,150. I did drag a yammie lizzard or a couple but that's it I swear! We also did a lot o crankin' white rattle traps, silver shad raps, and did well with ire tiger renzy divers and at raps where the water was darker rom wakes. Biggest spot (3#) came on a brass n glass brush hog in 15 eet dropped down by my brother ater crankin' a couple o a point and biggest largie came on ire tiger renzy over 10-15 eet (3+#) caught my me!! Also got 2 on a heavy blade around 18 eet. White/green with and gold blades.
    City: Bay Point

    Tips: I you're rom the Delta area like me, don't let the locals, like my brother, give you crap about only being able to catch largemouth!

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    Water Temp: 49'

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork. Threw 4"&6" worms on dartheads-NOTHING. Tried jigs or awhile-STILL NOTHING. Caught one ish 1 1/2lb in South Fork on shad colored spinnerbait in 40' o water. Caught one other ish 2lb in Middle Fork on rocky point near water all. Again in 35'-40' o water. Not exactly what you would call "blade conditions" but it's the only way we could get em. Talked to several others at ramp no one else did as well as we did. Better conditions are coming though!!! Tight Lines!! Todd
    City: Reno

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    Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: ished westcoast this weekend wow what a rush howling winds major waves and or me tough ishing .day one i weighed one ish caught three on a blue n morning dawn combo useing a darter on big rocky points .day two went much better i caught a limit by 9 on a 4 inch pink paddle tail worm there seemed to be two major actors in the dirence rom day 1 to day 2 clear water and kickbass we sented everything and that made the dirence or us .one o the three ishing teammatesor bluto baits scored another win or us bringing our total winnings o lake oroville this year alone is over 5000dollars our goal is ity thousand this year o to a good start.all on bluto baits what are you throwing and how much are you winning ?always willing to help any anglers with ish related problems regarding lake orovillelook us up r a strike ishing supply
    City: oroville

    Tips: scent everything avoid the muddy cold water

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    Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We spent a lot o time ishing shallow with reaction baits. No takers. Only got ish when we went deeper and tight to the bottom. Most tournament anglers in the NewBass event reported catching ish deep on plastics.
    City: Fair Oaks

    Tips: Fish are moving up and down based on environmental actors such as water level luctuations and weather changes. Be prepared to make major adjustments in your ishing approach even over the course o the same day.

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    Water Temp: 54

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished steep stu up the river or the irst time in a while. Found ish on bigger rocks in the middle or rom right on the bank down to 25 eet. My partner Dale Tuord and I caught about 15 ish in 3 hours, 3 over the slot. Even had a double hook up. Most o our ish came on brown jigs, and a ew on morning dawn worms.
    City: Marysvile

    Tips: Not too ast. The lake has turned I believe so the ish are at multiple depths

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    Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished sat & sun launching out o Bidwell with the lake down about 90t I guess. Saturday we caught maybe 10 ish with 1 keeper in the slot. Got a rip ish early on the meat wall and the rest came rom the Lime Saddle area on 6" worms rom 20-40t with the only keeper coming rom the 40t range. Sunday we ocused on the 40t range and caught close to 3 limits with 8 o them being over the slot in spots all over the lake. The colors that worked or us were reds, greens, browns, and ew on blue. I also caught a nice 2 pounder on a superspook early on sun. The weather was beautiul and got to see 3 deer cross the cove we were in on sunday, that was cool.
    City: Brentwood

    Tips: Keep it in the 40t range and slooooow down.