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Written By: Dan Bacher, May 16, 2014
Location: Lake Oroville,
Trollers are bagging some quality king salmon averaging 18 inches long while trolling at Lake Oroville, reported Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle.
“Anglers are fishing hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, down 20 to 30 feet deep,” said Boucke. “The top area is from the Green Bridge to the dam.”
Boucke hasn’t heard of any holdover coho salmon caught lately, nor has he heard any reports of anglers targeting the kings while mooching anchovies and nightcrawlers.
“The black bass fishing is still good,” he reported. “Anglers are hooking most of the fish while using Senkos, flukes and drop shot rigs, but crankbaits are work a try in the early morning hours. Most of the bass are slot-sized, ranging from 12 to 15 inches.”
Few anglers have reported fishing for landlocked steelhead in the Thermalito Afterbay lately, but a month ago anglers were catching some fish averaging 2 to 4 pounds and going up to 8 pounds. Boaters trolled with crawlers behind dodgers and shore fishermen fished nightcrawlers under bobbers.
Lake Oroville is holding 1,876,551 acre-feet of water, 53 percent of capacity and 65 percent of the 10-year average. The lake level is 770 feet above sea level, 130 feet from maximum pool.
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