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Lake Oroville…I can feel it

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By Chuck Giles
02/02/16 -- I can feel it. If you are an angler, you feel it. We actually may be heading toward a “normal” fishing season. Rainfall is cooperating, and more importantly, the snow is cooperating. It just feels good, doesn’t it?

Virtually all the lakes in Northern California are rising including my home water, Lake Oroville. It is currently at 737 feet with full pool at 900. All the launch ramps are open, including Lime Saddle Marina. I’m feelin’ it!

Reports coming into Fins, Fur and Feather (FFF) Sports in Paradise bode well for bass angling. Pretty much any plastic baits, such as Roboworms, Keitechs and Senkos fished slowly, are bringing bass to the boat. Dry Creek tube baits in Old Ugly and Mud Pie have been working also. Reports of 30-50 fish days are common and these are not professionals doing the catching.

There are also reports of good spinnerbait and crankbait action. Remember the rule of thumb; “Bright day, bright lure, Dark day, dark lure.” This seems to be the ticket. In addition, I would work the many small falls pouring into the lake right now.

Unfortunately, shore anglers are still finding it somewhat tough going. It is still quite a hike down to the shore and plan on getting muddy. Nonetheless, if you can find the right areas, you should catch some fish.

So far, surprisingly, reports on salmon trolling have been few and far between on Lake Oroville. Some of the productive areas for dragging trolling flies, Speedy Shiners and Needlefish behind Shasta Tackle Sling Blades are the dam area and the “Green Bridge” over the South Fork.

Mooching, or still-fishing with your bait on or near the bottom is also an option. Small slices of anchovy or sardine will often put salmon in your skillet. Fish with this method at a depth of 20-30 feet. The land-locked Chinooks are going to be a prime target this year.

This is the beginning of a grand fishing season all over Northern California. I’m telling you, I’m feeling it!

FFF Sports is a great source for current fishing reports and all the tackle you may need, no matter what species you seek. They are located at the intersection of Clark Rd. and the Skyway in Paradise. Or you may call at (530)-876-8800. Visit their website, currently a work in progress at fffsports.net. .


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