The Fish Sniffer - Use Top Water Lures For The Larger Bass
Use Top Water Lures For The Larger Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 23, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish Landlocked Salmon
Location: Lake Oroville,

(Oroville) Most of the bass being taken now at Lake Oroville are “spots” in the 12 to 14 inch range, but some larger largemouth and spotted bass are available for fishermen tossing out top water lures early and late in the day.

“A 5 lb. largemouth caught on a top water lure won the latest Tuesday turkey shoot at the lake,” said Brent Cline at Oroville Outdoors. “The larger fish are hitting Zara Spooks, Pop-Rs and other surface baits.” 

During the heat of the day, Cline recommended fishing Robo Worms on drop shot rigs and darter heads at 20 to 40 feet deep. “Anglers are experiencing the top fishing while fishing the Middle Fork along shady walls,” he explained.

Boaters are nailing some channel catfish in the 3 to 7 lb. range while soaking chicken liver, mackerel and other baits on the flats of the main lake and river arms.

“Landlocked king salmon fishing is slow and very few are trying,” he explained. 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 1,229,923 acre-feet of water, 35 percent of capacity and 48 percent of average. The water level is 696.74 feet above sea level, 203.26 feet from maximum pool.

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