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Written By: Dan Bacher, April 30, 2014
Location: Lake Oroville,
If you want to hook big numbers of chunky spotted bass, head up to Lake Oroville. Paul Kneeland, Fish Sniffer Publisher, reported on a great bass fishing trip to Oroville with Don Brown of Don Brown’s Guide Service.
“We caught and released 30 bass to 2-1/2 pounds while fishing wacky-rigged plastic worms in crawdad and purple patterns,” said Kneeland. “We fished from 2 to 15 feet deep. Most of the fish were in the 12 to 15 inch slot. It was a good day of fishing.”
Bob Boucke at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City confirmed the top-notch bass fishing at Oroville. “Anglers are hooking big numbers of fish while using Senkos, rip baits and pretty much everything in the shallows. The best fishing is in the Middle Fork, but fish are being caught all over,” he said.
King salmon in the 12 to 14 inch range are beginning to bite at Oroville. “Trollers are using the usual hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind dodgers,” he said. “The fish are showing best near the Green Bridge and the dam.”
Lake Oroville is holding 1,834,496 acre-feet of water, 52 percent of capacity and 66 percent of the 10-year average. The lake level is 766.30 feet above e sea level, 135.70 feet from full.
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