Spotted Bass and Kings Rule at Oroville Lake

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(Oroville) Boaters are hammering spotted bass at Lake Oroville, along with catching an occasional largemouth.

“One customer reported catching and releasing 30 bass on his latest trip to the reservoir,” reported Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “They fished Texas-rigged green pumpkin plastic worms and jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water.”

The smaller king salmon in the 10 to 12 inch range continue to dominate the catches at the lake. “Anglers are hooking maybe one larger fish in the 3 to 4 pound range for every little salmon they hook,” said Boucke.

“Trollers are working the top 15 feet first thing in the morning and then are dropping down into deeper water,” said Boucke. “Trollers are using hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind Sling Blades and other dodgers.”

The reservoir is currently holding 3,208,422 acre-feet of water, 91 percent of capacity and 116 percent of average. The lake level is 878.44 feet in elevation, 21.56 feet from maximum pool.