OROVILLE — Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the bass fishing at Lake Oroville was still okay despite the lake dropping a foot per day, and Bret Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported that the warm weather had forced the coho salmon into deeper water, 50 to 85 feet deep. The salmon were hitting in decent numbers, though the landing rate was running 50-percent due to their hard fighting.
“Small bass were still on the banks in shallow water hitting drop-shot worms and tubes,” guide Ron Gandolfi said. “The bigger fish were hitting Keitech 3.8 swimbaits and lipless crankbaits on rocky main points and ambush points along walls in the West Branch, North Fork and the slot. On the back of the full moon this week, night fishing should be very good.” Gandolfi recommended using topwater at dusk and then switching over to dark worms, spinnerbaits and Senkos after sunset.
Guide Larry Hemphill recommended 7-inch black Power Worms at 20 feet deep on steep banks for the best night time action. On his most recent night trip, he and his client caught over 50 fish in 6 hours. The fish were mostly small spots, but they did land three bass over the slot.
Bret Brady reported that the coho salmon had moved down to 50 to 85 feet deep. Fishing was best before sun-up to just after sunrise — 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. — on the main body and up in the Middle Fork. Heavy boat traffic at the dam and Green Bridge slowed the bite there. The silvers were running a healthy 18 to 20 inches and hitting watermelon Sep’s Strike Master dodger/white hoochie combos before sunup and UV Sling Blade/white hoochies after sunrise.
WON reader Andre Fountenot said that lake regular Mike Tripp finally found the fish upriver after a couple of hours of searching and really got into them. Remember, find the bait — find the salmon.
’BOW & COHO — Guide John Enos of Big John's Guide Service took Richard Olphin of Meadow Vista and Ralph Pett of Auburn out on Lake Oroville June 29 for some coho salmon fishing, and they ended up with this 24-inch rainbow, 4 coho and lost 3 others. They trolled Speedy Shiners with some Pro-Cure scent at 45 feet, going to 60 feet later in the day.