LAKE OROVILLE COHO SALMON/SPOTTED BASS
(Oroville) Lake Oroville is hosting an improved spotted bass bite, now that the weather is warming and the water level is rising.
Brent Cline of Oroville Outdoors reported solid fishing on his last two trips to Oroville. Cline and his fishing partner caught and released 15 to 20 fish each day while pre-fishing for a tournament.
“The fish averaged 1-1/2 to 2 pounds and our largest weighed 2-1/4 pounds,” said Cline. “We nailed the bass while fishing brown and purple jigs and green tubes at 25 to 40 feet deep in the main body and the fork.”
They also landed several coho salmon in the 14 to 15 inch range. ”The coho all hit tubes,” said Cline.
Bob Bradbury of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City and his fishing partner reported top-notch fishing for coho during a trolling adventure at Oroville.
“We caught and released lots of coho in the 12 to 16 inch range while trolling from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” said Bradbury. “We top-line trolled with hoochie/crawler combos behind dodgers from the dam to the green bridge.”
The lake level is 703 feet in elevation, 197 feet from maximum pool. Boats can now launch at the spillway ramp.
Great Places to Fish
The Sacramento River, also known as the Lower Sac in this area, is where you fish. There are annual runs of salmon, steelhead, shad, and striped bass. The stretch of river from Shasta Dam to Red Bluff has an abundance of large trout that are popular with both fly and spin fishermen. You will also find smallmouth bass and catfish native to the river system. Lake Oroville is one of the most productive bass fisheries in Northern California. The Feather River has one of the most healthy salmon runs in the state with fish showing as early as April and lasting into October. The Yuba River has a quality steelhead run which is not fished heavily.