Oroville Lake and Reports

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Saturday, November 11th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58-59 degrees, elevation 690.29

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: This is my first weekend fishing this lake and low and behold, tournament going on, making for a busy ramp! Guessing my last weekend fishing, as I tend not to fish weekends, due to the crowds. Got launched about 6:15 am or so, stopped fishing right at 10 am. Bite way off from last trip, fish seemed scattered and not in the frenzy biting mood. First cast a 14 3/4" LM, best fish of the day. Only caught 12 fish today, most the basic 13-13 1/2" size. Perfect day on the water, just a slight breeze, clouds, picture perfect looking this morning, just not a great bite. Found fish 15 feet to 35 feet, most in that 30-35 foot range. Hope next week fish are in a better mood Released all fish as always. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

  • Water Temp: 62-63 degrees, Elevation 695.84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Bidwell early, about 6:40 or so, not a single trailer or vehicle in the parking lot, spooky feeling, stopped fishing right at 10:35 am. Amazing hardly a breeze this am, unusual for launching early at bidwell. Headed about half way to the rock pile in the N. Fork and found fish willing to bite. First fish about 7:10 am, still half dark. Tried about 6 locations and got fish at each stop, but just 3-4 fish at each stop. Fish still deep, just about all caught 30-35 feet. Thought I had a giant for a while, ended up just a 13" but hooked exactly top of the back, just front of the fins. Wow, they fight when hooked that way. Made a stop in potters cove on the way in and got the 15" fish. Picked up 22 fish today, best right at 15", one 14" most 13" or so, along with a couple 11-12". As always, released all to grow bigger and catch again one day. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

  • Water Temp: ?? never looked at temp, Elevation 698.25 feet.

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Think I need to adjust my wake up times for the long drive to Bidwell, seems I'l arriving way to early, so used to the 22 minute drive to Lime Saddle. Got launched at 6:35 am, stopped fishing right at 10:30 am. The early morning launch wind was not nearly as bad today for some reason. Picked up my first fish right at 7 am today and seemed like fish were in the mood from the very beginning. Bummer, no larger fish today, think maybe I already caught the better ones, as I fished the exact same location now 3 weeks in a row. Most all 32 fish were the basic 13-13 1/2" size, which included another 2 LM, 3-4 were the dink size of 10-12". Once the breeze died down, nearly like glass in the steep rocky area at the south side at potters ravine cove. One small section gave up 11 fish by holding the boat in the same basic location, most other location gave up 2-3, or 3-4 fish once I found them. Remember, spots love to school up sometimes, catch a fish, stick on that location a while and catch her buddy fish too. Takes me all morning to work this section of the lake, guessing 100 yards of shoreline, maybe a tad less. Fish seemed deeper today, most taken in 30 to 40 feet of water. Picture were the typical size, including 1 LM, all cookie cutters. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 64 degrees, elevation 701.24

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched early at 6:35 am today, when the wind glows and blows at Bidwell marine ramp, windiest ramp in the N. State in the early mornings, stopped fishing right at 10:30 am. Fished the same exact location as last trip and fish were still holding in the steep rocky area at the south side at potters ravine cove. Steep cliff like rocks don't always hold fish but this location sure seems to. Picked up 29 spots and 2 LM (small) this trip. Spent my entire time working this section. One section gave up 8 fish, another 6 fish, most 3-4 fish before they got spooked and stop biting. For a while it was just about every cast giving a fish up. Get real deep fast in this area, with 3/4 of the fish in the 30-35 foot range. 5 feet from shore is sometimes 20-25 feet!! Deepest fish today close to 40 foot or so. Nearly all fish were the basic 13-14" range, best 15", guessing a male being so skinny. The smaller fish in the pictures were the basic fish for the day. Both LM only 12-13", both fat and thick looking. Pictures in fishing forum.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 62-64, elevation 702.59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Finally got to get on the lake after a week of winds and fires. Launched at Bidwell about 6:35 am, stopped fishing as the breeze began at 10:30 am. Headed to potters ravine cove to dodge the early morning winds and glad I did. Found fish on the south side in the steep rocks, actually mostly on the banks between the rocks. Fish were fairly deep, most 25-35 foot range. a few close to 40 foot, but not all, LM were hanging along those wall today. Picked up 3 LM, 23 spots along this bank for 26 fished bagged today. For a while it was nearly every cast, with best location giving up 8 fish before they got spooked. Most fish were running the basic 13-13 1/2" with only one runt at 11". Best fish today, a 14 1/2" LM. Very few boats on the water, just me fishing this location. Interesting way the water people think, they have only let it drop 3 feet over the last week. Get the water low enough to shut down lime saddle, then barely drop the water levels!!!! interesting judgement!!!! obvious they could care less about the ramps for fisherman! Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 67, elevation 705.65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Bidwell this morning at about 6:50 am, stopped fishing about 10:30 am, as Lime saddle is closed due to low water. It's been a couple two or three years since launching here. I had forgotten about the winds coming off the lake early, can be brutal at times. Headed to middle fork trying to remember those locations that hold fish, but didn't really connect with any real hot locations, the ones I do remember were at much lower water levels and had no fish hanging out. Frustrated, only got 12 spots, and largest about 13 1/2" and left the camera in the car too. Almost makes me want to head to Lime Saddle area from bidwell, almost!! Most fish taken at about the 30 foot level, wind in the middle fork gave my tiny boat a hard time holding position, but really didn't matter, since no hot locations found.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70 degrees, elevation 717.62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:40 am today, almost shocked at how far down the water went, off the lake at 10:15 am. Looks like 7 or so days left for this ramp. Kind of breezy today, but it sure didn't hurt the bite any. Bagged 34 spots this morning, all from the same 40-50 feet of shoreline where the breeze was minimal to near nothing, only calm location at Lime Saddle. Fish seemed to move in groups, a little this way, then the other way. Seemed like every other cast got a bite. Fish were ok size, most 13" plus, with about 10 fish in the 11-12" runt size, best two 15" and 14 1/2", along with a catfish and a 13 1/2" large mouth. Good example of giving a location a chance after catching a fish, like today, rather then move on down the bank. Fish were deeper, just like the bait balls, all 30-40 foot, best fish on the deeper side. Good day fishing for a change. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, September 25th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-74

    Report: Fished on Saturday and Monday. Lake still on pace to get less water everyday. On pontoon on sat we caught 3 largies, 3 little fat bellys and bunch of spots, no big ones. The had tournament heard there was a 5lb spot and 7lb lg mouth so went back Monday. Missed a big bite off of pt in middle fork. Serge caught nice 18"spot. He runs crank baits all day caught more fish more bites also. Windy colder water in main body 70, 72-74 in middle where lg mouth caught more active fish in the warmer water. Didn't make it to south fork.

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 74-75 degrees, elevation 726.98

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:40 am, stopped fishing about 10:15 am, when the breeze picked up. Wow, the lake sure is dropping fast, shocks me every time I launch and see maybe one 7-10 days before Lime saddle closes due to low water. Water cooled a bunch, now 74-75 degrees, another week and might hit 70 degrees. Bite seems to have changed too. Not one single fish caught about the 25 foot mark, all caught 30-35 foot range today, no matter where I fished. Could not find any shallow fish today! Caught 18 fish, mostly 12-13 1/2" fish, and one tiny tiny runt and best right at 15" Water looking better too, clearing up more and more each trip. Interesting, seeing marina dudes pulling out 50 foot house boats before the water closes the ramp. Should have gotten a picture, just never thought about it till too late. Looks like I'll be fishing middle fork soon!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 78 degrees, Elevation 735.08

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6:35 am today at lime saddle and stopped fishing at 10:15 am, surprised, only one other boat launched today, even though it cooled a bunch from last week. Water beginning to cool a tad, now 78 degrees every place I went and the algae is started to die and water clear up some. Fished all my usual location and found it slightly slow today. Caught 18 spots this am, most 13" to 13 1/2" and just one decent fish right at 15 1/2" Fished mostly 25-35 feet, but did catch a few at the 50 foot range. Soon as the water cools more the bite for better fish should improve. Guessing Lime Saddle has 2 1/2 more weeks before the water gets to low for the ramp. Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees, elevation 745.88

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:50 am, stopped fishing at 9:30 am, getting warm, but muggy as all get out, not my kind of fishing weather, yet I still do it! Kind of slowing bite this am, warm water 78-79, and ramp is about to turn the corner. If the lake continues to drop like the last month, maybe the ramp will last 30 more days, then it's middle fork for me!! Miss fishing the area. Only caught 16 fish today, most 13-13 1/2", a couple 12". Best fish today, right at 15", second best just 14". Water is so murky with algae, like a green mud look. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees, elevation 755.48 feet

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45 am, stopped fishing right at 9:15 am before the heat came on. Wow, water has started to cool, down to 78-79 degrees, which is going to bring the bite back and better fish. Seems it helped the bite today. Found a location that gave up 6 fish for 6 casts. Never ever move on after catching a spot, remember they tend to school at times. Finally got a decent fish, one 16" and one 14 1/2" with the rest 13" to 13 1/2" and only 2 dinks for a total of 25 fish this morning. Most fish taken at about 25-35 feet, one at 40 foot mark. Also got another large mouth, small, 12" size. Three trips in a row catching large mouths. Guessing about 30 days before Lime saddle runs out of water, ramp right at where the corner begins. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80-81 degrees, elevation 764.28

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 5:45 am, stopped fishing at 10 am, as it was really getting hot with no breeze. Water still warm as can be, still 80-81 degrees, worst part, algae seems to be really clouding up the water with all the warmth this summer and it seems to hurt the bite some? Caught 18 spots today, best right at 14 1/2", and another surprise large mouth caught very close to the last one I caught. Small one, just 13 1/2" but a rare catch for Oroville. Most all fish went 13 to 13 1/2" today, with just two smaller 12" caught. Wishing for cooler weather, cooler water and better size fish that come with it. Water dropped 10.28 feet the last week, seems they are going to shut down Lime Saddle by the end of summer!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, August 14th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 81 degrees, elevation 775.28

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched way to early today about 5:35 am, stopped fishing at 10 am. Another weird day with no sun rise to fire up the bite, slow fishing the entire time we had cloud cover. Good part, only one dink at 12", all the rest 13" to 14 1/2" and another one of those pike minnows right at 4 pounds, for a total of just 18 fish. Second pike minnow this year, so weird, never caught any over 5 years, till this year. Better bite came deeper today, fishing as deep as 50 foot, better fish 30-35 foot mark. Windy, then calm, windy, then calm, water still 81 degrees! Spots seem to be putting weight back on, getting much fatter then a month ago.Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 81-82 degrees, elevation 783.82

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched at 5:30 am at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing at 10 am as it began to warm up. Decent day, caught 23, surprise, caught a large mouth, so excited, forgot to measure it, looks to be about 13 1/2" or so. Small fish plentiful, about half the fish 12" size, the other half 13" to 14 1/2" as my best for the day. Picked up fish to 45 feet, mostly 20-35 feet. Hot water not helping the bite, high 82 degrees, mostly 81 degrees. Thought I had a giant spot for a second, weight, no fight!! catfish hit a roboworm, soon as it hit bottom. Guessing dropped it right in front of his mouth! Water beginning a faster drop, 1 foot a day, but twice a week 2 foot drops. Guess they are going for that 700 foot mark sooner then later. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80-81, elevation 792.77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 5:30 am, stopped fishing at 9:15 am before it got hot!! Weird day on the lake with the smoke in the air, like the sun never really rose and fish seemed to know and were not fired up to bite like clear sunny mornings. No big fish at all, all fish ranged from 12" to 13 1/2", and managed to land 21 fish today. Water super warm, 80-81 degrees, to me, hurts the bite lots, way too warm. Not the best pictures, but showing the ridge line that holds fish well when 15 feet plus under water. High and dry now!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 79-80, elevation 800.65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 5:40am at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing at 10:15 am when the heat began to get to me. Seems the lake is back to dropping a foot a day like the old days, now down to 800.65, now 102 feet down from full pool. The ridge at the launch now shows well, all above water line. Should have gotten a picture. Great fishing spot when it's 15-25 foot under water. Fish the drop off side, even when it's shallow, might surprise you. Water still about 80 degrees, got 79 in a few locations. Managed 29 fish today, with about half the fish in the 12" dink size, the rest mostly 13 13 1/2". Getting ready to call it quits, and got a fatter 15" and a second 14 1/2" right after. Spots seem to be adding weight again, not looking quite as skinny as after spawn. Did most of my fishing 20-35 foot today, shore line crawling with dinks under 12" As of 8am, only 2 other boats had launched, seems the heat is driving away fisherman. Sure wish I knew how to get a hold of the park rangers, parking signs need lowered so us old farts don't have to walk half way up the ramp. Sorry about the water spot in the pictures! Picture in fishing forum.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80 degrees, elevation 806.20 4 foot drop in a week!!

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 5:30 am at lime Saddle, stopped fishing at 10:30 am. Decent bite today, but not many fish over 14", so typical of hot summer fishing on the lake. Landed 33 fish today, with more then half of them caught in the basic Lime Saddle marina area. Fish shallow and deep, still not finding any larger fish. Best today, right at 14 1/2" with all other fish 10-14", half of them 10-12" dinks, the other half mostly 13-14". Just two 14 1/2" fish as my best today. Stayed longer, not nearly as hot on the water today, but killer hot when working to get the boat off the water. Just a couple more months and won't have the damn heat! Saw a post on oroville, guy (foul hooked) says those posted catching many fish are lying about catching this many, wrong, just need the right baits or fishing locations. Caution, the ridge is now shallow at the launch, looks deep, not deep, they finally marked it today to prevent prop damage!! Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: garbage fishing except in the marina area, but its short lived. people are on here claiming 30+ fish a day which is a lie. you can fish from 5am to noon and only catch a couple small bass. not liking this summer bite at all. tired of getting skunked at lake oroville.

    Tips: go to the afterbay. its free to get in and launch. there are TONS of bass.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80 degrees, Elevation 810.38

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I got launched at Lime Saddle about 5:30am, stopped fishing right at 9:30am, getting too hot to fish much longer, even though fish were in the biting mood still. Decent fishing, but many more smaller fish then last trip. Seemed like half the fish today were runts, 10-12" with the rest 13-14 1/2". Only two 14 1/2" , one 14" for 27 fish for the morning. Fished deep and still could not entice anything larger today. Best fish came from the 30-35 foot mark. Seemed like most banks produced fish, just nothing of any size. No picture of the second 14 1/2", slipped and away she went before I got the picture. Water super warm on the surface, still 80 degrees. Lake lever dropped about a foot since last week. Picture in fishing forum.