Bass Are Small, Numerous And Feisty

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 (Oroville) Boaters launching their boats with 4-wheel drive vehicles at either the spillway or Bidwell Canyon launch ramps are experiencing top-notch spotted bass action at Lake Oroville, but don’t expect to hook any trophy fish.

“The fishing is still good, but it’s hard to get fish of any size,” said Brent Cline of Oroville Outdoors. “Most anglers are using finesse techniques, including using worms, tubes and jigs.”

“My fishing buddy and I caught and released 30 bass on our latest trip on the lake,” reported Cline. “The biggest fish weighed 2 pounds and most of the fish were in the 1 to 1-1/2 lb. range. We fished with jigs and tubes in the main body and Middle Fork at 10 to 30 feet deep.”

Few anglers are targeting the king salmon. Your best bet it to troll hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind Sling Dodgers. Bass anglers are reporting catching a few salmon up to 4 pounds while drop shotting with Robo Worms.

“Fishing pressure is light on largemouth bass in the Thermalito Afterbahy,” he added.

Lake Oroville was holding 913.014 acre-feet of water, 26 percent of capacity and 42 percent of average, at press time. The water level is 650.17 feet above sea level.