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Guide To Fishing At Lake Oroville In Northern CA

AKA: Oroville Reservoir

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What to fish for...

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.

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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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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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

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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.