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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake Oroville still good for bass and coho salmon

BY PAT YOUNG/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 12, 2013

OROVILLE — The record heat this past week brought out huge crowds of recreational boaters on Lake Oroville, but fishermen who ventured out early in the morning were still picking up good catches of bass and coho salmon.


The bass fishing was best up in the river arms where cooler water was flowing into the lake, while the coho were found in their usual haunts between the dam and the Green Bridge.


“The topwater bite for bass was good for a short time right at first light,” guide Ron Gandolfi said.“With some bait schools being found up near the surface, bass were hitting Spooks and buzzbaits, including some bigger fish.After sunrise, the reaction bite using lipless crankbaits was really good on ambush points and eddies up in the river arms where the water was cooler.Some pockets produced a dozen fish on blue/chrome Rat-L-Traps and Cordell Spots.After the sun gets up, you can find bigger fish in 35 to 45 feet of water on the points hitting Senkos and darthead worms, but the fishing was pretty much over by 10 a.m.”


John Wadden at Will Fish Tackle in Auburn had a customer in the shop over the weekend that had done very well on the coho at Lake Oroville this past week.John Cadient of Auburn reported that he fished with guide Charlie Williams and caught limits of coho on white hoochie/dodger combos fished 50 feet deep at the Green Bridge.Cadient said their smallest fish measured 17 inches, but he did land an impressive 4.8-pound silver to top their limits.



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