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Lake Oroville bass fishing “solid” with water level on the rise | North State fishing report

Chico Enterprise-Record logo Chico Enterprise-Record 2/3/2023 Western Outdoor News
A fisherman fly fish on the Feather River on the opening day of 2021 steelhead fishing season in Oroville. (Justin Couchot -- Enterprise-Record) © Provided by Chico Enterprise-Record A fisherman fly fish on the Feather River on the opening day of 2021 steelhead fishing season in Oroville. (Justin Couchot -- Enterprise-Record)

LAKE OROVILLE: The lake has risen leaps and bounds over the past month 803.66 and 63 percent. Bass fishing has been solid with plastics on the dart-head or drop-shot along with jigs at depths from the banks to 40 feet. With the quick rise, there are logs and debris throughout the surface. The arms are heavily stained.

LAKE SHASTA: Has risen almost 50 feet and should hold at the current level. Incoming flows are off-color but clearing, and the main body is in fair condition. Water temperatures are averaging 44-45 degrees. The bass bite has been OK with fish holding from the shoreline out to 20-feet taken on plastics and swim baits. Conditions were mixed for the Wild West Bass Trail Pro-Am on 27-28-29 January, but bag weights were good. Jeff Goodwin, Jeff Goodwin Guide Service, reported decent trout action trolling side planners on the main body between Bridge Bay and Centimundi.

TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek: The lower Trinity has great color, but is still high. Flows were down to 5,500 cfs Sunday on the Hoopa gauge. Expect the fishing to be excellent all week.

AMERICAN RIVER/above Folsom Lake: The National Forests are open once again, but there are still several areas closed due to restoration from last summer’s Mosquito Fire. The flows are stabilizing at 1816 cfs at Chili Bar, but the river is off-colored and muddy from the runoff from the fire-damaged areas. The river is catch-and-release barbless hooks with no bait until the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in 2023.

AMERICAN RIVER/Sacramento: Flows have dropped almost two feet to 4,980 cfs, and the river is quickly becoming fishable. Andy at Kiene’s Fly Shop in Sacramento reported 1.5 to 2 feet of visibility near Sailor Bar, with high off-color water and low steelhead numbers.

FEATHER RIVER: The low flow section is in good shape and is producing the occasional steelhead. River conditions and action are about the best in the Central California watershed.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Keswick Reservoir to Red Bluff: The Sacramento River below Keswick Reservoir is fishable. Water levels have dropped about a foot since the last rain and are currently holding at 2,960 cfs. JT at the Fly Shop reported a few guides working the river for trout, but many are fishing the western rivers, the Trinity, Smith, Eel and Klamath for steelhead.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa to Tisdale: Remains largely unfishable. Water levels have dropped almost 4-feet but still needs to drop another several feet.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Metro area: Remains largely unfishable. Flows are dropping quickly but are still high and muddy. Several guides are fishing Knight’s Landing, and reported seeing sturgeon, but no takers yet. Sac-Pro Tackle, Sacramento, will start receiving ghost shrimp once conditions improve.

The bi-weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state.


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