10 Lb. Largemouth Tops Fall Bass Parade
Lake Oroville is well known for the large numbers of 1 to 2 pound spotted bass that swim in its waters, but the reservoir also hosts a few trophy-sized largemouths.
Just ask Robbie Merwin, who landed a 10 lb. 2 oz. largemouth while fishing a top water lure. He bagged the fish two days after a tournament of champions at Oroville.
“Most of the fish being caught now are in the 12 to 15 inch slot limit, with an occasional 4 to 5 pounder or bigger,” reported Brent Cline at Oroville Outdoors. “Anglers are experiencing the top action while using Robo Worms on drop shot rigs and spooning with ½ to ¾ oz. P-Line Lazer Minnows.”
One angler targeting bass reporting catching and releasing two coho salmon in the 3-1/2 to 4 lb. range at 60 feet deep.
Bob Boucke at Johson’s Bait and tackle in Yuba City advised anglers in search of coho and king salmon at Oroville to mooch with anchovies, sardines and minnows at 60 feet deep near the buoys along the spillway.
Trolling with hoochies and other lures, tipped with anchovy strips, should produce salmon also. The kings average 13 to 14 inches long, while the coho go 3 to 4 pounds.
Lake Oroville is holding 1,614,324 acre-feet of water, 46 percent of capacity and 72 percent of average. The water level is 743.13 feet above sea level.Back To Reports