The Fish Sniffer - Target Forks For Late Summer Catfish
Target Forks For Late Summer Catfish

Written By: Dan Bacher, September 3, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish Landlocked Salmon
Location: Lake Oroville,

(Oroville) If you want to hook hard-fighting channel catfish, fish the headwaters of the North and Middle Forks of Lake Oroville.

“Boaters fishing both day and night are hooking catfish ranging from 2 to 7 pounds while soaking anchovies, mackerel and other baits,” revealed Brent Cline at Oroville Outdoors.

The bass fishing continues in its summer pattern. “Fish topwater baits including Zara Spooks and Pop-Rs early and late in the day,” advised Cline. “Then during the day, fish Kitech swimbaits or drop shot with Robo Worms at 15 to 40 feet deep.” 

While most of the fish are in the 12 to 14 inch range, anglers using top water baits are hooking a few larger fish. For example, an angler topped a recent Tuesday evening turkey shoot with a 6 lb. spotted bass.

For largemouth bass, Cline recommended fishing in the Thermalito Afterbay. “The fishing is off and on, but anglers are hooking some largemouths in the 2 to 5 pound class while throwing white chartreuse spinner baits in the tules.

Cline hasn’t heard any reports of success on landlocked king salmon lately. Boaters interested in bagging kings should troll with hoochies and other lures, tipped with anchovy strips, at 60 to 80 feet deep near the Green Bridge and the dam.

Lake Oroville is holding 1,143,909 acre-feet of water, 32 percent of capacity and 44 percent of average. The water level is 685.02 feet above sea level, 214.98 feet from maximum pool.

 

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