The Fish Sniffer - Spotted Bass Holding In Winter Pattern
Spotted Bass Holding In Winter Pattern

Written By: Dan Bacher, January 1, 2014
Species: Bass Landlocked Salmon
Location: Lake Oroville,

Black bass fishing is beginning to pick up at Lake Oroville, now that the weather is warming up a bit from the cold front that left snow on the ground.

“Anglers are now catching and releasing good numbers of spotted bass, about 20 to 30 per day,” said Bobby Larson at Oroville Outdoors. “Most are in the 1-1/2 to 2 pound range, with a few in the 4 to5 pound class.”

He recommended concentrating off points in the main body and the forks with Hula Grubs, swim baits, Alabama rigs and rip baits.

Trollers reported catching some hefty coho salmon in the 5 to 7 lb. range while trolling with Wiggle Hoochies in the main body near the dam. The top depth is 15 to 30 feet deep.

“Tournament bass anglers have reported catching and releasing a few king salmon measuring 12 to 13 inches while throwing out lures in the main body,” he noted.

Lake Oroville is holding 1,332,544 acre-feet of water, 38 percent of capacity and 60 percent of the 10-year average. The water level is 710 feet in elevation, 190 feet from full.

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