At a Glance
About the Lake
Resorts and Marinas
R.V. Parks and
Public Boat Ramps
Fishing the Lake
State Park Offices
Fish and Game
Calif. State Map
Fishing regulations change annually, check in the California
Sport Fishing Regulations for current changes.
Trout & Salmon: (rainbow, brown, & lake trout, king
& coho salmon)
- Trout and salmon: Open season all year. Limit: five trout
or salmon in combination.
- Black bass: Open season all year. Limit: five. Special
fishing restriction: Black Bass may be kept under 12 inches or
over 15 inches. black bass 12 - 15 inches must be released.
- Catfish: Open season all year. Limit: no limit
- Crappie: Open season all year. Limit: twenty - five.
- Sturgeon: Open season all year. Limit: one. Minimum size forty
- six inches total length.
During the late winter and spring months try trolling shallow
in the heads of coves, mouths of river forks, and in the dam area.
Bobber and bait combinations work well for both shore and boat
anglers. Live minnows is one of the more popular baits used at
Oroville. Shore fishing is usually best when the water temperature
is cooler. When the temperatures warm the water, the fish head
for the cooler depths. Using downriggers to troll lures that imitate
minnows will work best for these deep fish.
Bass: (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, & redeye)
Smallmouth and spotted bass are the most popular game fish at
Oroville. All over the South Fork and the rocky banks and coves
of the Middle Fork are good places to fish. Also, fishing the
North Fork near Berry and French Creek is a potential hot spot.
Split shotting worms and leeches, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits
are all producers.
Crappie: (Black and White)
Look for crappie in coves at Loafer Creek, Potter Ravine, Lime
Saddle, Berry Creek, and South Fork. Fish around rocky points
and where there's vegetation. Live minnows, nightcrawlers, and
mini-jigs all work well.
Oroville Lake Records:
King Salmon - 19 lbs. 11 oz.
Silver Salmon - 9 lbs.
Lake Trout - 11 lbs.
Brown Trout - 15 lbs.
Rainbow Trout - 16 lbs.
Largemouth Bass - 12 lbs. 4 oz.
Smallmouth Bass - 6 lbs. 2 oz.
Spotted Bass - 7 lbs.
Redeye Bass - 3 lbs. 4 oz.
White Crappie - 3 lbs. 4 oz.
Black Crappie - 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Channel Cat - 17 lbs. 5 oz.
Sturgeon - 97 lbs.