Work Rat-L-Traps For Spots
Anglers are seeing “Delta-style” fishing with Rat-L-Traps along the shoreline of Lake Oroville as the spotted bass chase schools of Japanese pond smelt.
“Some larger fish are hitting the Rat-L-Traps and other crankbaits,” divulged Fil Torres at Oroville Outdoors. “An angler using this method took first place in a recent turkey shoot with a 20 inch bass. The second place fish went 19 inches.”
Boaters are still hooking lots of smaller fish in the 12 to 15 inch slot while fishing jigs and plastic worms from the bank to 25 feet deep, he noted. The main lake and Middle Fork are yielding the most consistent bass fishing.
Few anglers have reported targeting coho salmon lately. For maximum success, Torres recommended trolling with hoochies and other lures, tipped with anchovy strips, from the green bridge to the dam at 60 to 70 feet deep.
“Fishermen are picking up some channel catfish in the 3 to 5 pound class in the Stringtown area of the South Fork,” added Torres. “They’re using nightcrawlers scented with Pro-Cure scents.”
Lake Oroville is holding 1,706,264 acre-feet of water, 48 percent of capacity and 73 percent of average. The water level is 959.64 feet in elevation.Back To Reports