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Written By: Dan Otis, January 22, 2014
Location: Lake Oroville,
The abundant spotted bass continue to be the main target for anglers heading to Lake Oroville.
A recent pro-am tournament held by Nor-Cal 90 produced some good bags of bass, according to Jamie Sorensen at Oroville Outdoors. Jake McClellan placed first in the boater division with 25.76 pounds, winning $3181.50 and a Free CTT Entry.
Mike Menne finished in second place with 23.55 pounds, winning $1458.00 Phil Garcia placed third, winning 23.39 pounds and free CTT entry.
“Boaters are catching and releasing a lot of 13 to 15 inch bass while dragging tubes and fishing jigs at 25 to 40 feet deep all over the lake,” said Sorensen. “Reaction baits aren’t producing many bites now.”
Fishing pressure for king and coho salmon is minimal. “I only saw one boat trolling on the lake during the last two days I fished it for bass,” said Sorensen.
Trollers interested in catching king salmon, as well as an occasional holdover hefty coho salmon in the 5 to 7 lb. range, should troll with Wiggle Hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, in the main body near the dam. The top depth is 15 to 30 feet deep.
Lake Oroville is holding 1,180,900 acre-feet of water, 36 percent of capacity and 56 percent of the 10-year average. The water level is 703 feet in elevation, 197 feet from full.
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