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Regulations

Fishing regulations change annually, check in the California Sport Fishing Regulations for current changes.

  • 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.
Trout & Salmon: (rainbow, brown, & lake trout, king & coho salmon)
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.