Oroville Lake and Reports

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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80-81 degrees, elevation 811.11

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got an early launch at lime saddle, right about 5:30 am, stopped fishing at 9:30 am as the heat began to warm up. Lake level seems to be about the same, not much change since last week, exact level?? website is down. Water still warm, 80-81 degrees in most locations. Bite was fair, better fish this week, only two dinks at 12", with one 16", one 15 1/2" one 14 1/2" and some weird fish, never seen one before, for a total of 21 fish. Does anyone know what the heck this fish is. My better fish came from about 30-35 foot range, where the water feels better then the surface temps. Pictures in fishing forum.

  • Water Temp: 81-84

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I have the grandsons for a few days so I took them to Oroville. We didn't wet a line until 9:30, really tough to get 2 guys less than 10 years old moving. We started out in the middle fork with drop shot and wacky senkos and landed 12 to 15 dinks. They would rather swim than fish. We moved to the middle fork around 11 and I landed 5 more 10-12" fish on dartheads and drop shot while they went swimming again. Their grandmother was the life guard although she did catch a couple of senko fish earlier.
    Pulled off around noon. Ramp was getting crowded and I had to wait to pull out.

    Not like 5 weeks ago when the bite was hot and 50 to 100 fish wasn't all that hard.
    Lake is of course down 90' from full and holding but I still have guys asking why? I guess no one reads a paper or watches the news.

    Tips: Best colors Roboworm Morning dawn and KVD Chart/blue dream shot. The 3 to 4 fish on the senko hit 4" in white.

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80-81 degrees, elevation 812.69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 5:30am at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing at 10am. Felt good being back after shipping last week during the heat wave. Couldn't bring my self to fish when that hot. Didn't do as well this week as past weeks, fish were smaller, but still plenty of them around. Only caught 23 fish this morning with all on the smaller side, best just 14 1/4" Banks are crawling with dinks, and or young fry. Me, I avoid fishing too shallow, most small fish and not looking to catch those tiny things. Water was 80-81 degrees in all the locations I fished, think the larger fish are hanging deeper where water is a tad cooler. My best fish hooked at about 30 foot or so. Just about all baits seem to work. Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, June 19th, 2017

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    Water Temp: 68-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lake Oroville has been fishing great for the last 3 weeks, 40-70 fish days are very common right now and its a great time to get the kids on fish during the cooler hours of the morning and evening! Most all of the fish are done with the spawn with only a few stragglers left behind that are in the upper stretches of the middle fork and north fork. As most cases with Oroville the average fish is a spot between 1.25lbs and 2lbs. Top baits for numbers have been 5" Baby Bass and Natural Shad senkos, 6" Roboworms in Oxblood light red flake and Warmouth fished on a Dart head or shakey head and of course the 2.8" Keitech in Rainbow shad and Tennessee shad have produced very many fish lately. There have reports of several big large mouth being caught and a couple spots in the 4lb class, most of the bigger fish caught recently have been taken on top water baits like the River 2 Sea Rover, Vixen and the Rio Rico during the low light hours. we expect to see the deeper crankbait bite fire off any day now as there are many fish heading off shore to points, breaks and relating to the pond smelt. Top areas of the lake have been the South fork, upper stretch of the North Fork and the west Branch, expect the mouths of the arms to get better as we get deeper into summer and the night bite to be good with the next moon.

    Its getting very hot so be prepared with lots of water and sunscreen and be on the look out for other recreational boaters, the heat has brought all the wakeboard boats out so keep an eye open. Be safe and good luck!

    Lake Oroville is currently at 812'
    Lime Saddle Marina, Bidwell Canyon and Loafer creek launch ramps are all open as of now.

    Tips: Fish topwater early in the day over points. As the sun comes up switch to soft baits in shad patterns fished on the same points and also bluff walls or anything with a shade line. The prime depth has been 1'-15' for the last couple weeks.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: Forgot to look at temp, elevation 813.24

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 5:30 am today, stopped fishing about 10:10 am. Found fish again right off the dock where they sell gas, 12 fish right in the marina and my best fish of the day right at 15". Good bite, but about half the fish were smaller then past trips, lots of those 10-12" for some reason. Total 31 fish, one 15", two 14", 10-12 13-14", the rest dinks, taken in water 15 to 35 feet deep. Better fish came on the deeper side today. Water finally slowed dropping, hope the continue the water drop at this rate. Word is they are going to drop it to the 700 foot level before winter, old drought levels!! So sad Picture in fishing forum.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took two young men to Oroville for a morning of bass fishing. One was a good high school fisherman and the other gentleman really hadn't fished before. We went up the middle fork and found the bite to be ok, but not great. I was impressed that each of them caught a decent spotted bass - one at over 17 inches and one about 16 1/2 inches. However, in spite of their nice length, they were very skinny. I know they had just spawned, but I thought they were too thin. I just had the guys using Robo worms Texas rigged, because we were fishing too much rock to drop-shot. We used about 3 or 4 colors, with morning dawn and MM111 the best colors. Most bites were from 10 to 20 feet deep.

    Tips: It was just amazing to see the lake drawn down so fast in such a short period of time. Just a massive amount of water released the past 3 months. Living in Yuba City - below the dam - made the releases ok with us. There are many other baits we could have used but I knew the worms would work well for them. Bass still seem to be scattered all over the place in spite of the dropping water. Our quality bass were always a little deeper than the smaller ones. Water color is excellent - just right up the middle fork. The bald red banks - points - seemed to hold the better fish.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 74, elevation 818 feet

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 5:30am, stopped fishing at 10:30 am as it was getting way too hot and I had caught my share for the day. Got into them right away in 15 feet of water on a tiny ride right by the last dock used for getting fuel. Picked up 13 spots and one decent 15 1/2" spot, headed towards N. Fork and found fish nearly every place I fished. Fish ranged from 15ft to 35ft deep today, but most fish skinny after the spawn, kind of look odd so thin. Fish will take just about anything tossed at them, not real picky now, except for suspended fish, those are hard to entice to bit. Found one location in 160 feet of water that must have had 120 or more fish suspended from 20-45ft, never have seen this many hanging together, but no takers, like they are taking a nap or something. Anyway, landed 36 fish today, with best fish, one at 16 ", two 15 1/2", and three 15". Water dropped so much since my last trip, ruined several honey holes, too shallow now. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Two of us caught about 45 fish but many were smaller. Two at 15 inches and one at 16 but most right around 12 or 13. We were dart heading with chartreuse or white grubs. The little guys were nipping a lot of tails off. We fished from 7 till 11 AM and launched at the ramp near the house boats. There was not a lot of debris on the water and that was a surprise. It was my first visit to Oroville this year. The wind chases us where ever we went on the lake.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58-70 degrees, elevation 828

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:35, stopped fishing at 10:40am when the heat began making me sweat!! hot today. What a difference when water warms back up from my last trip, up to 68-70 degrees today and the fish were loving the warmth more then last week. Killed them today (not really) released all. Managed to catch 44 spots this morning, with 4 in the 15-15 1/2" range, one 16" and one 17" along with many in the 14 1/2" range with only 2-3 in the 10-12" range. Also got my first smallie about 13". All thin as most have spawned already, but 2-3 still full of eggs. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 62-64, elevation 834.66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6am at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing right at 10:15am. Today, one of the rare days without blowing winds this morning, dead calm, kind of spooky! Water cooled a lot, down to 62-64 all the places I fished. Bite was good, but not as good as my last trip, caught 29 spots, 2 at 14 1/2", with most around the 13" range and 1 dink about 6". Surprised, water dropping lots, down 14.07 feet from my trip last week. Think they are running the lake in the scared mode still, letting out twice the water coming in. Seems they never consider spawn when dumping water the way they are. Can't figure out why they do this, the way they do. Wood cleaned up a lot, hardly any but a few logs still floating around, be careful. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 67-68, elevation 848.73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched about 6am, stopped fishing at 15:15am when the breeze got to blowing. Awesome bite, wide open bite for anyone who wants to go fishing now. Active fish nearly every location I fished with most locations giving up 4-6 fish, one location gave up 7 fish. Decent size fish for the most part. Got 43 fish today, largest right at 15 1/2", two at 15", 3-4 in the 14 1/2" range, with all others 13-14" and only two dinks today. Lost 2 decent fish that had that 15" range plus feel. Hot fishing, so get out on the lake while the bite is on. Fish ranged from 15 foot range to 30-35 foot range, most in the 20-25 foot mark. Water now 67-68 degrees. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 62.9 degrees, elevation 835.16

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:30am, stopped fishing right at 10am. Water warmed a bunch since last trip, high of 62.9 degrees, found it's helping the fish be in the mood to bite and beginning to school up some. Fished Lime saddle are out to hwy 70. Caught 19 spots today, largest right at 15 1/2", a couple 14 1/2" with the rest basic 13-13 1/2", and just one dink today. One location gave up 5 fish, one right after the other. Fish ranged from 15 to 35 feet, most in the 20-25 foot range. Still lots of wood, so be careful. Should be good fishing days for all now. Pictures in fishing forum.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58.7, elevation 844.44

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 6:30am today at Lime saddle, stopped fishing right at 10am. Water warmed a little more and the bite improved a little more. High water temp at 58.75 degrees. Caught my first dink of the year under 12", best fish today right at 14 1/2" with most about 13-13 1/2" Managed to catch 18 spots in the Lime saddle area out to the bridge at hwy 70. Didn't even consider the north fork, way too much wind for that area. Fish were scattered from 15 feet to about 30 feet, just one taken about 35 foot mark. Still a ton of wood around, be careful! Ramp still lots of wood, not as bad getting off as they use the boats to move it to open water, still a bear getting off the water, wood stuck under the boat, had to back off the trailer to free wood so the boat would set right with no wood under it. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 54.8, elevation 860.87

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:30am, again, 50 foot of wood stacked up on the ramp. Crazy how that stuff picks the ramp for the night! Still a tad slow bite as the water still not warming up, high 54.8 degrees in my travels. Last year 62 degrees in early April. Once you find fish, great bite, finding them is the tough part. No big fish, caught only 7 basic 13" variety. Fished Lime saddle area and out to the end of the west fork. Last year this time, bit was darn near wide open. My guess 2-3 more weeks and bite should be full on. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

  • Water Temp: ??

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Sprinkles of rain and all, decided to go fishing as the real rains were supposed to be late in the day. Seems the park rangers don't feel they should keep the lake safe and accessible to fisherman. Found the ramp loaded with a good 40 foot of wood, and not the fluff stuff, logs and good size logs. Figured I could get launched but sure loading the boat on the trailer would have been very hard with the amount of wood. Gave up and came home. Why doesn't the park rangers keep access for fisherman safe. ?? anyone know the answer. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

  • Report: Just want to thank Tom for all his excellent fishing reports on Oroville. It's hard to get a straight report that current.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 52-54, elevation 842.90

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched about 6:45am at Lime Saddle, off the lake right at 11am. To begin, tons of wood in the launch ramp again, hate that stuff. Water seems to be clearing slightly, not clean but much better then two weeks ago. First fish a decent 15" spot, with the rest basic 13-13 1/2" for a total of just 5 fish today. Bite was slow, difficult to find them today. Good part is the water warmed a tad and water beginning to come up slightly, now 842.90. High water temp was 54 degrees, mostly 52 degrees in most locations. Had to fish today as rains are coming!! Still plenty of wood to avaoid, many large logs, so be careful. Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, March 31st, 2017

  • Water Temp: 49-52 degrees, elevation 838.70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:40am, off the lake at 11am. A little breezy today, just as the weatherman said it would be. Surprised to see the lake cooled a tad rather then warm, down to 49-52 range, mostly 50-51. Cool water holding off the spawn, but bite not bad, not good either. Managed to get 7 spots today, largest right at 15", one 14 1/2", with the rest 13-13 1/2", nothing less then 13". Fished mostly the Lime Saddle area or basic area. Funny, ducks followed me for nearly an hour, begging for something to eat. Never had them act friendly like this before. Water still dropping, down to 838.70. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 52-54 degrees, elevation 847.44

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45am, off the lake at 10:45am. Fished the local Lime Saddle area. Bite seems to be improving ever so slightly, but a long ways from being good. Did catch my first 15" for the year along with a 14 1/2, and the rest 13" range for a total of 6 spots. Me and my Camera have issues, dead battery again and no spare with me, so no pictures!! The 15" fish was takes in about 15 foot of water, all the rest 25-30 foot range. Water no warmer yet, high 54.4 degrees, most areas 52 degrees. Water clearing ever so slightly, depending on where one is at on the lake. Think the water people are scared as the lake is down about 20 foot from my last trip, now 847.44. Guessing they are spooked by the mess up at the damn. Someone cleaned the ramp of wood finally.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: high 54.6, elevation 863.73

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 7:15am, off the lake at 11am. Ramp was packed with big wood going out and in. Thought they were supposed to clean the ramp now and then! guess not. Found water had warmed a tad, high temp found 54.6 degrees, elevation 863.72, still coming up. Water looks a tad better but still murky and lousy visibility. Bite beginning to come back slightly, got 5 spots today, all 12 1/2-13", didn't measure them. Wood is increasing as the lake comes up. Worked my way to the north fork, picking up a fish every now and then. N. Fork is dirty as all get out, and fair size wood jams all over the place. Might get on the lake next week, if the rain allows. All fish looked like the one in the picture. Pictures in fishing forum.