Oroville Lake

Location and Directions:

400 Glen Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965

    Lake Oroville is located approx. 70 miles north of Sacramento in Butte County. From Sacramento, take Hwy. 70 North to the town of Oroville. Then take Oroville Dam Blvd (182) East to the lake.

General Info:

    Lake Oroville is a very large, man-made res. consisting of 15,000 surface acres and has 165 miles of shoreline. There several camping facilities located around the lake. The Oroville Dam is the highest dam in the U.S., which extends 770 feet above the town of Oroville. For more information contact: State Recreation Area, (916) 538-2200. Lake Oroville Visitors Center (530) 538-2219. Camping Reservations - MISTIX - (800) 444-7275

Other lakes in the area:
Collins Lake
Bullards Bar Lake

Boating Info:

    There are several public boat ramps located around the lake and rental boats are available at the marina.

Fishing Info:

    The lake holds rainbow, lake and brown trout, large, smallmouth, spotted and redeye bass, coho and king salmon, catfish, crappie, bluegill and even sturgeon. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Lake Records:
  • King Salmon - 19 lbs. 11 oz.
  • Silver (Coho) Salmon - 10.28 lbs.
  • Lake Trout - 11 lbs.
  • Rainbow Trout - 16 lbs.
  • Brown Trout - 15 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 Catfish - 17 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Sturgeon - 97 lbs.
  • Read and Post Lake Oroville Fishing Reports Here
  • CDFW Fish Planting Schedule for Lake Oroville

» Photos

  • Lake Record 10.28 pound coho salmon caught by Jerry Chapman of Paradise.
  • Comments and Tips:

    By Steve Carson

    Lake Oroville record for coho salmon shattered again
    A new record for coho salmon on Lake Oroville was established last weekend when a 10.23 pounder was landed by veteran angler Jerry Chapman of Paradise, while fishing for bass in an Angler's Choice tournament event.
    "I was fishing at 35 feet at the mouth of the north fork", reported Chapman. "The fish hit on a one-ounce brown/purple jig with a Yamamoto trailer. She was full of eggs and about ready to spawn; the meat was just softening up. I caught a 2.6 pound bass on the next cast."
    The old record of 9.9 pounds was caught just last August, although an 11-pound "rainbow trout" that was reportedly caught near Lime Saddle Marina last month is likely to have actually been a coho.
    Eric See, the Department of Water Resources biologist for Lake Oroville said: "These [record size salmon] are probably three or four year old fish. The variety of coho that we are stocking usually mature and die after two years. However, there will always be a few exceptions to the rule, and we are probably seeing those right now."
    "We stocked coho in 2002 and 2003, and these fish were about a year old when we stocked them each time. By the end of 2004, most had probably died of natural causes or were caught by anglers. The few remaining fish had very little competition since no stocking occurred in 2004, so their growth was enhanced."
    See added: "We are about halfway through this years' coho planting so far. Things have gone very well, with very few losses."
    Ed. Note- Some 60,000 yearling cohos in the six to eight inch size range are being planted this year, in batches of about 7,000 fish each.
    On the current fishing front, Fil Torres at Oroville Outdoors reported: "Some of the small cohos are starting to show up for anglers spooning or dropshotting near schools of pond smelt. The bass are also deep, as much as 40 feet down. We are seeing a lot of bass over two pounds, and last weekend's Anglers Choice tournament had two bass over three pounds. More nice smallmouth are also starting to bite."
    "There is a decent jig bite, and some people are also catching bass on dartheads and tubes in shad and crawdad colors. With the extreme cold in the mornings right now, its' fine just to start fishing at about 10:00 AM."

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