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Written By: Dan Bacher, April 20, 2014
Location: Lake Oroville,
If you want to hook lots of spotted bass, now’s the time to hit Lake Oroville. The fish are on an aggressive pre-spawn bite throughout the lake.
“You can pretty much catch the bass using whatever method you want to now,” said Brent Cline at Oroville Outdoors. “Anglers are tossing out swimbaits, spinnerbaits, Senkos, tubes and other lures. The fish are in the shallows from 5 to 20 feet deep.”
The fish are showing all over the lake, including the main body, Middle Fork and West Branch. Most of the bass are males in the 1-1/2 to 2 lb. class, but some larger fish are showing also. For example, the big fish in a recent bass tournament weighed 5 pounds.
King and coho salmon, channel catfish and crappie reports are nearly nonexistent. For salmon, anglers should troll with white hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind Sling Blades and other dodgers from the Green Bridge to the dam. Bass fishermen haven’t reported hooking many salmon lately.
Lake Oroville is holding 1,716,103 acre feet of water, 49 percent of capacity and 64 percent of average. The lake level is 754.10 feet above sea level, 145.9 feet from full.
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