Oroville Lake and Reports

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Thursday, Apr 2
Hi: 53 ° F
Lo: 29 ° F
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 2%
Mostly Clear
Precip: 2%

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

  • Water Temp: high 70.3 degrees, high water mark for the year 824.11, down to elevation 822.80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Could not sleep, so got an early launch at 5:30 am, fished to 9:30 am. Started trying to catch more crappie, but dam, no luck at all, fished about an hour, different lures, depths, you name it, nothing, so gave up and looked for spots. Picked up 28 spots today, avoiding any shallow fish as dinks are everywhere. Best fish today, right at 16", one 15" and a nice 14 3/4". Most all others were 13-13 1/2" and 4-5 10-12". Fish seem to all be skinny now, having spawned and no fat bellies with eggs. Water has hit the high mark at 824.11 on 5/11/18 and has been dropping now 1/10 to 3/10 of a foot every since, so lake fairly stable now along with the bite. Water hit the 70 degree mark, and will be warming every day now till we hit the 80 degree mark, maybe higher!!. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 67.7 to 68.6 degrees, elevation 824.11

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Short trip today, as the wife needs taken in for a blood draw, so only fished till 9am. Seemed slow bite for some reason, not nearly as good as last week. Tried a tad of crappie fishing with a marabou jig, and to my surprise, got one in 22 feet of water. Should have fished longer for them, but bass were calling me. Got one decent crappie is all, forgot to measure, but 15-16" is my guess. Think I'll devote my first hour to these slabs, and learn how it goes on this lake. Caught 19 fish this am, best spot right at 15", most the basic 13-13 1/2" and yes 2-3 dinks in the 10-12" size. See lots of dinks hanging around the shore line, 10 feet or so. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the area near the houseboats ---walls, inside and outside the bridge and then across the lake towards the dam where there are floating camp sites --looking for a place out of the wind. Caught 15, all small running about 12". Talked with a park ranger and he said people were reporting small fish. Tom Growall did much better but I notice the water temperature on the part of the lake he fishes was a little warmer...but Tom is a good fisherman and he knows this lake. It was my first outing at Oroville this year. Caught mine away from the bank on a chartreuse grub and drop shotting. It is such a magnificent lake but how the wind can seemingly blow from 360 degrees!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

  • Report: by Joe daddy » Wed May 02, 2018 2:46 pm

    Found 66 degrees by 2:00pm. Over 20 fish a piece. Broke my old nasty line,(hook tie) on possible lunky.

  • Water Temp: 63.8, elevation 821.87

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got an early launch at 5.50 am, stopped fishing right at 9:50 am as the breeze began to pick up. Windy city on the water today, calmed about 9am for about an hour, then back breezy at 10 am. Water 63.8 as a high, and fish willing to bite. Picked up 28 spots, 3-4 dinks 10-11", but managed to get a nice 15 3/4" and 2 14", with all the rest basic 13-13 1/2" About 1/3 of the fish taken on the fall, rest finesse Carolina rig. Fish are schooling a little, so catch one, work the same location as more then likely more fishing waiting to bite. Water beginning to clear up a tad, much better then last week. Released all fish to grow bigger and catch again one day. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 63.4 degrees, elevation 816.44

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle, about 6:20 am, stopped fishing right at 10 am. Sure is nice launching now that the ramp owners clean wood on a regular basis. No issues now days, nothing like when they used to just let it stack up. Decent bite today, not quite killer bite but darn good. Picked up 31 fish today, but did work hard for them. Some fish as shallow as 10 foot and down to 35 feet. Most 20-30 foot. Water warmed lots over the last few days, found a high of 63.4 degrees, darn near hot. Water still a tad cloudy, but clearing lots since last week. Best fish today right at 15", 2 14 3/4", 3 14" and the rest decent 13-13 1/2" fish. Nothing less then 13" today. Should be great fishing from mow till next Dec. 4 -5 fish taken on the fall, so going to break out senko's next trip. Pictures in fishing forum.

Friday, April 20th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 56.6 to 57.8 degrees, elevation 811.82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:20 am, stopped fishing about right at 10 am. Damn, windy city this am, hate those days as my small boat moves like a kite in the winds. Winds tapered off about 9 am or so. Bite picked up a tad, but water still cool, 56.6 to 57.8 degrees in my travels. Even though the water still not quite right, bit much better today. Picked up 23 spots, best at 16", 1 15", 3-4 14" with most all others 13-13 1/2", and looking slightly fat, getting ready to dump those eggs. Fish are moving in closer to the banks, got a few at 15 feet, most 20-35 feet. Wild guess, 2 more weeks and should get 30 plus fish in the morning. Pictures in fishing forum.

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 57.5 to 85.3 degrees, elevation 806.12

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched at about 6:20 am, off the lake at 10 am, and to my surprise, 95% of the wood had been cleaned up and no issue at all launching, have never seen it this clean this time of year as the water comes up. Guess the dock owner decided to do his part and keep the ramp a tad safer then in the past. Water cooled over the last rains, found 57.5 to 58.3 in my travels. Kind of what I thought would happen with the rains last week. Bite slowed a tad too, had to work hard and got 11 spots, all 13-13 1/2" range, nothing larger today. Most taken 20 to 35 feet. Water got messed up, cloudy everyplace I went. Bottom line, the super bite is still another 2-3 weeks out is my guess. Picture is typical of all my fish today. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 57-58.3 degrees, elevation 794.30

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched right about 6:30 am, stopped fishing at 9:45 am. Good news, water is warming up and almost getting to the full on bite. Found 57 to 58.3 degrees and the fish are beginning to come back from where ever they go during the winter. Picked up 12 spots, first fish 1 decent 14", two in a row right at 15", two 14" and the rest solid 13-13 1/2" Had to work hard for them, my best bite this year. 2-3 more weeks and full on bite. Water looking good too, clearing up from the last rains. Guessing this next rain will muddy it back up and slow the warming a fraction.Most fish taken from 25-35 feet. Last picture is the typical of this trip, first two, the 15" fish. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 53.8 to 54.8 degrees, water level 788.55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45 am, wood, lots of wood stacked up on the ramp as it always gets when water levels come up. Damn, hate that stuff, worst part is getting off the water!! and not taking home a cord with the boat. Slow, slow bite, good part, water is beginning to warm. Found 53.6 to 54.8 degrees in my travels. about 4-4.5 degree rise since my last trip. Picked up 4 spots, best right at 15", and a surprise coho, small one. Never caught one before, teeth surprised me. Didn't know how to hold them, for sure not like a bass. Water dingy from all the rains. Most fish caught at 30-35 feet or so. Guessing about the mid to end of April, bite will be wide open, it's coming, so be patient. Pictures in fishing forum.

  • Report: by Joe daddy » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:00 am

    The water level is up about 40ft since my last fish. It’s on the first ramp at bidwell now. All my good holes are under water :roll: water clarity is pretty murky. Made for tough fishing. Should stable out in few days. Jitterbug caught one which he said was about 8” was around 11” by the time we got home. Told him to take a picture, he wouldn’t.

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

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    Report: Been tough to get myself out there knowing Jake’s Beach is underwater now. Might go out this evening to see the new water levels, will report back.

Monday, March 19th, 2018

  • Report: by Joe daddy » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:02 pm

    17...& 1/2” on baby brush hog.
    My brother threw in that same spot for about half hour with a pink robo worm. I threw about 3-4 cast then my line starts v-lining towards little rock pile. Should get even better next week after these rains comes through.

    PHOTO: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/lake-oroville-t113913.html#p597302

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 48.5 to 48.8, elevation 727.55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6:45 am at Lime Saddle, off the water at 10 am. Nice not to have freezing temps for a change, nor blowing winds. Typical winter bite, near nothing going on no matter what I tried. Picked up 2 spots, both at about 35 feet, and that's it for this trip, small a fraction under 13". Tough bite as it always is every March. Water temps dropped a tad, high 48.8, low 48.5 in my travels. Rains only gave a couple foot gain on water level. Don't plan on catching many fish if you go out!! Picture in fishing forum.

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 49.5 to 49.8, elevation 725.34

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6:50 am, off the water right at 10 am. Nice to fish without winds or cold air. Bit a tad slow today, could hardly find the fish. Cold water still 49.5 to 49.8 degree range in my travels. Tried shallow, deep to 45 feet, yet only got 4 fish today and all small young 12-13" babies. Typical winter fishing day. Better rain soon, as the lake is barely coming up now, maybe a 1/4 foot a day at best, some days less. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Elevation 723.00 feet

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at lime saddle about 6:50 am, surprised to find a fair amount of wood on the ramp. Started out great, then the winds blew and blew. One nasty windy morning. Serves me right for not watching the news to know the North winds were going to blow. Finally gave up about 9:30 am, but did catch 9 fish, 2 best right at 13 1/2" Fish were not super deep, 30-35 feet for most of them. Got home, had to shower to warm back up!! pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 49 degrees, elevation 718.52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Finally, enough water in the lake for me to launch at Lime Saddle at 6:50 am, long 22 minute drive, Vrs. 1 hours to Bidwell. Nice morning, slightly cool, and the fish seemed to be willing to bite. Fished just the Lime Saddle marina area and picked up 11 fish, most basic 13" variety, but one was 14". Fish were deep mostly. About half 25-35 foot range, the other half 40-50 foot range. Interesting, deeper fish were on the pale side for color, not all, but most. Slow bait movement, soft bites. I would have fished longer,. but forgot the the boat clock is an hour fast, set for summertime fishing!!!Pulled the boat out at 10 am! Would have fished another hour had I remembered. First picture is the best fish, right at 14", second picture my first fish for the year. Water cool, 49 degree range, so makes for slow fishing. Spent a lot of time with my new hook 12 fish finder, what a change compared to the old one. Love the big screen and auto features. Should be fishing every week now that Lime Saddle is open!! Picture in fishing forum.

    Tips: Fish deeper, fish slow

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 52, elevation 701.80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Burr, winter weather has arrived after a couple week of winds, back to fishing. Got launched about 6:45 am, stopped fishing right at 10:30 am. Dang, the first hour or two were brutal cold today, fingers feeling the cold bite, but once the sun got going, awesome day on the water. Winter bite has arrived, got to work much harder to find fish these days. After trying some locations I thought would hold fish, didn't, began working points and managed a few fish. Hop skip around from point to point seemed to work today. Picked up 8 spots, but nothing of any size, best just shy of 14" Fish were deeper, as winter seems to require, most taken in 30-40 foot mark, with slow bait movement, like lazy day fishing. Just as the sun came up, ran across a location in deep water that showed what looked like a 100 fish suspended gathering of large fish in the 40-65 foot range, like they were sleeping together for the night. the size made me thing they were salmon, never have seen this before on the graph. Tried for a bite or two, but nothing. Anyone seen this before? and what might be the trick for getting a bite? Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

  • Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Alarm off at 5 am as always, turn the coffee on and open the door for the cat and hear WIND blowing in the trees and give the hooked up boat and trailer a glance and say, got to be kidding me, can't take my little boat on the water at Bidwell, going to have waves for a few hours. So, drinking coffee thinking about the structure that wend back under water with the last few storm. Now 701.57 feet, right where the water was when Fish were hanging on a drop off about a month ago. Looks like we got a fair boost in water, up 12.11 feet from low water mark a few weeks ago. Should be about a half a foot from the tip of Lime saddle ramp. Try again next week!!

Friday, November 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58 degrees, elevation 694.34, 696.24, up another 2 feet 11/18/2017, 6-7 foot gain in the last two days

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got an early launch, not a single trailer in the lost, first on the lake as usual, right at 6:30 am. Slight breeze, ended up a picture perfect day on the water. Headed to N. Fork, found 2 bucks dead center of the beginning of north fork, kind of main lake, looking for ladies on the other side. Bite was decent, thing the steady water level helped a lot, water up a food, down a 1/3, up a half, back and forth all week, making for near steady water level, up 4 feet or so today. Made about 6-7 stops, found fish ever stop. Again, got a 14 1/4" LM, seems the last 4-5 trips got a LM or two each trip. What's up with this, never this way in the past. Spots were typical, 12 1/2-13 1/2", none bigger today. Stopped my quest right at 10:15 am. Picture just a typical spot, battery died so let the LM go without stressing her. Picture in fishing forum.