Trollers Battle Husky Coho Salmon
You have to work to catch your limit of coho salmon now at Lake Oroville, but the quality of the fish is great.
“The fish are averaging 20 inches long,” said Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “Anglers are experiencing the top action while trolling with hoochies, tipped with anchovies, at 60 to 70 feet deep. The top areas are the dam, the green bridge and mouth of the North Fork.”
Bass fishing is also going strong on Oroville. “A 14 lb. limit, led by a 7.5 lb. kicker, topped the recent BBT tournament at the lake,” reported Brent Cline of Oroville Outdoors.
“Anglers are experiencing a fair top water bite early and late in the day; the 7.5 lb. bass was taken on a buzzbait,” he noted. However, anglers are experiencing the most consistent action while fishing jigs and drop shot rigs at 10 to 30 feet deep in the South and Middle forks.
A few 4 to 6 lb. channel catfish are rewarding boaters soaking chicken liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers up the forks, he added.
Lake Oroville is holding 2,011,134 million-acre feet of water, 57 percent of full and 79 percent of capacity. The water level is 783.50 feet above sea level, 116.5 feet from maximum pool.Back To Reports