Northern CA Freshwater

Go deep for Oroville bass due to temps, boat activity

By BILL KARR/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 09, 2017

OROVILLE —There’s still just as many bass in Lake Oroville as there always are, but now you have to drop down in the water column to find them due to warming water temperatures to 82 degrees in the afternoon, and boat traffic.

“The fishing at Oroville remains very good, but the water temps are very warm at 79 degrees in the morning rising to 82 degrees in the afternoon,” said guide Ron Gandolfi. “These warm temps and increased activity on the water put most of the bass down around 20 to 30 feet and some as much as 40 feet. The morning and evening bite has been really good for topwater baits.

orovillelimitsOROVILLE LIMITS — Ron Hufford of Grass Valley with a limit of king salmon from Lake Oroville caught with guide Brett Brady of Bare Bones Guide Service. Brady and Hufford were fishing at the Green Bridge 55 to 80 feet deep using UV green hoochies tipped with anchovies.

“I have been having my clients throw the Whopper Plopper, as it has been producing very well,” Gandolfi said. “As the sun rises, I have been chasing shade lines to continue the topwater bite. After that we have been dropping down into the water column with tubes, Z man worms in a variety of sizes, darthead worms, Senkos, and starting lipless crankbaits for a great reaction bite.”

He said that even with all of the heat, Oroville continues to produce good numbers of bass, with many topwater bass into the 2-pound range.

The water level is now 114 feet down from the top and dropping a foot per day. By Nov.1, DWR plans to have the lake level down to 670 feet. This means Bidwell ramp will be the only ramp available at that time. The good news is that they plan to extend Lime Saddle and also Loafer Creek and expand the parking areas. Some of this work has already been started, said Gandolfi.

Gandolfi said he heard of what may be a new lake record in the 14-pound range, but there were no details, and other sources had not heard of one that size caught this week. The lake record is 14 pounds, 15 ounces, caught in 1998.

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