Butte County, Northern California

Lake Oroville Fishing

Fishing at Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville is home to four kinds of bass, but anglers will also find plenty of other species to stalk. Lake Oroville is the only lake in California where you can fish for Coho Salmon. Also found in the lake are catfish, rainbow and brown trout, sturgeon, and blue gill. Fishing is allowed year-round.

Where to Fish on Lake Oroville

In the summer most of the trout and salmon seek out the cooler water in the deeper parts of the lake. Trolling in the deep water near the dam and the body of the lake will likely produce the most fish. Also try up the North Fork, trolling deep in the summer.

For bass, work the banks, especially where there is any kind of natural cover such as rocks or fallen trees. Among the most popular places for bass are the Middle Fork and the South Fork. Another good location is up the North Fork near some of the creeks like Frazier Creek and French Creek. For crappie try the South Fork first, then other spots like Berry Creek and Loafer Creek.

Much More Below

Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services Fishing Supplies   Fishing Tournaments
Record Fish Caught at Lake Oroville

map of Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville Water Level

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Lake Oroville Water Level

Which Baits and Lures are the Locals Using at Lake Oroville?

Trolling: minnows, sparklefish, spoons, Rebels, jointed Rapala, speedy shiners,
Bass Fishing: Plastic worms, nightcrawlers, minnows, jigs with a trailer, jigging a drop shot with wacky rigged worm
Bait: Nightcrawlers, mackerel
Spin Casting: Spinners and spoons, Hopkins spoons, Mepps, Panther Martin, Kastmaster Fly Fishing: Hexagenia spinner, Woolly Bugger, Krystal Bugger, Bird's Nest


Lake Oroville Fishing Tournaments

Best Bass Tournaments for 2017
Events held every month all around California
For information, go to Best Bass Tournaments 2017

Lake Orville Fishing Guides

Oroville Lake Bass Guide
(530) 872-0907
Website: Oroville Lake Bass Guide
Ron Gandolfi is a veteran tournament bass fisher who has been fishing in Northern California for over 45 years.

Frank Duarte Guide Services
579 El Reno Dr., Chico, CA
(530) 570-2399
Website: Frank Duarte's Guide Service
River fishing for salmon, trout, steelhead, and shad; Feather River, Sacramento River, Yuba River

Larry Hemphill
1510 Valley View Dr., Yuba City, CA
(530) 674-0276
Website: Larry Hemphill
Black Bass Fishing Guide and Instructor. 10 years of tournament experience, fishing Northern California lakes since 1962.

Merganser Outfitters
2158 Talbert Dr., Chico, CA
(530) 343-4071
Lake fly fishing

Powell Guiding
Oroville, CA
(530) 533-7414


Lake Oroville Fishing Tackle

McGrath's Fishing and Divers Supply
751 Oro Dam Blvd. West, Oroville, CA
(530) 533-8564

Chico Sportsman's Den
2145 Park Ave. #A, Chico, CA
(530) 891-5238

Huntington's Sportsman's Store
601 Oro Dam Blvd. East, Oroville, CA
(530) 534-8000

Lake Oroville Bait and Tackle
2586 Olive Highway, Oroville, CA
(530) 533-9220

Paradise Sporting Goods
815 Elliott Rd. #A, Paradise, CA
(530) 877-5114

R A Strike Fishing Supply
5250 Olive Highway, Oroville, CA
(530) 589-5994

Johnson's Bait and Tackle
298 Garden Highway, Yuba City, CA
(530) 674-1912


Lake Oroville Record Fish
Fish Species lbs. oz. Year
King Salmon 19 11 1987
Silver (Coho) Salmon 10 3.7 2005
Lake trout 11 1979
Rainbow Trout 16 1990
Brown Trout 15 1979
Largemouth Bass 14 15 1998
Smallmouth Bass 6 2 1992
Spotted Bass 8 2 1997
Redeye Bass 3 4 1983
White Crappie 3 4 1993
Black Crappie 2 10 1983
Sacramento Pikeminnow 13 12 1995
Carp 14 5 1983
Channel Catfish 17 5 1992
White Catfish 27 4 1992
White Sturgeon 97 1989