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Fishing Lake Oroville In Northern CA

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, chinook salmon, coho salmon and white sturgeon at Lake Oroville in California.

Lake Oroville, CA

With one of the broadest range of fish species in California, Lake Oroville has much to offer anglers with varied interests. This is a 15,800 acre lake, located in the north-central part of the state in Butte County. Fluctuating water levels often has an impact on the fishery, both positive and negative.

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Lake Oroville, located in Northern California, is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts. The lake boasts a diverse range of fish species, making it an angler's paradise. Anglers can test their skills and try their luck in catching species such as bass, including largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, as well as rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, catfish, and crappie. With its abundant fish population, Lake Oroville provides ample opportunities for anglers of all levels to enjoy a rewarding fishing experience.

Beyond fishing, boating, and camping, Lake Oroville offers a range of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. The lake's clear blue waters invite swimmers to take a refreshing dip during the warmer months. Hiking and biking trails wind through the surrounding hills, offering breathtaking views and opportunities to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the area. Wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to spot bald eagles, osprey, deer, and other animals that call Lake Oroville home.

Lake Oroville in California is a prime destination for fishing, boating, camping, and outdoor recreation. With its diverse fish species, expansive waters for boating, and well-equipped campgrounds, the lake offers a memorable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Whether you're casting a line, cruising on a boat, pitching a tent, or simply enjoying the natural beauty, Lake Oroville provides a captivating setting to create lasting memories and enjoy the best that the outdoors has to offer.

When the levels are stable the fishing can be quite good. As one of the top bass fishing lakes in CA, it is host to plenty of bass fishing tournaments annually. In addition to big bass, there are quality crappie, catfish, trout and salmon swimming these waters. Fishing from shore, kayaks and other fishing boats are all options. There is a marina, boat rentals, public boat launches and plenty of camping options.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Oroville.

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Redeye Bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Chinook salmon Coho salmon Sturgeon

Lake Oroville Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Boating enthusiasts will find Lake Oroville to be a haven for water recreation. The expansive lake offers plenty of space for boaters to explore and enjoy various activities. Whether it's leisurely cruising, water skiing, wakeboarding, or kayaking, there's something for everyone. The lake features multiple boat ramps and marinas, providing convenient access for boaters. With its calm waters and stunning scenic beauty, Lake Oroville sets the stage for unforgettable boating adventures.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Bidwell Canyon Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
530 589-9175

Lime Saddle Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoons
530 877-2883


Bidwell Canyon Marina
801 Bidwell Canyon Rd
Oroville, CA 95966
530 589-9175

Lime Saddle Marina
3428 Pentz Rd
Paradise, CA 95969
530 877-2883

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bidwell Canyon Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Bidwell Canyon Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Enterprise Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Rocky Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Loafer Creek Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Loafer Creek Road, this is a multi-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Oroville Dam Boat Launch
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Orville Dam Road, this is a multi-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Stringtown Car-top Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Stringtown Road, this is a portage area with paved parking.

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Camping at Lake Oroville is a popular choice for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. The lake offers several campgrounds, both developed and primitive, catering to different camping preferences. From lakeside campsites to shaded areas nestled among the trees, campers can choose their ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. Amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and clean restrooms are available to enhance the camping experience. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, Lake Oroville provides a picturesque setting to relax and connect with nature.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area - 530 538-2219

Loafer Creek Campground - 530 538-2217

River Reflections RV Resort & Campground - 530 533-1995

Goat Ranch Campground

Lake Oroville CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Oroville
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916 653-6995


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Lake Oroville in Northern California.

A wide variety of warm-water and cold-water fishing in north-central CA.

Fishing at Lake Oroville, in California.