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Written By: Dan Bacher, March 12, 2014
Location: Lake Oroville,
The bass bite at Lake Oroville normally improves with rising water from stream inflows, but the fishing has actually slowed down with the rising water level, probably due to the fact that it’s muddy.
“The water level has come up 5 feet and the water is pretty dirty,” reported Bobby Larson at Oroville Outdoors. “Bas fishermen are experiencing the top action while shaking tubes and dragging Robo Worms along the bottom. A recent tournament produced a number of 3 pounders, but some of the guys didn’t bring in full limits."
Coho and king salmon fishing has picked up, but few fishermen are targeting them – most are being hooked by bass anglers using drop shot rigs or jigging with Kastmasters, Larson noted.
“The coho are big, ranging from 3 to 8 pounds,” he said. “They’re congregating wherever fresh water comes into the lake.”
Trollers who want to target the coho should use Hoochies and Wiggle Hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind dodgers in the mouths of the creeks and forks.
Lake Oroville is now holding 1,377,740 acre feet of water, 39 percent of capacity and 57 percent of average. The water level is 715.62 feet above sea level.
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