Black Butte Lake

Current Temperature:
79°

Est Water Temperature:
57° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
29.83 (Falling)

Wind Speed:
South-West at 03 Knots (3 MPH)

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Black Butte Lake
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California Reports

Black Butte Lake General Information
Welcome to FishingNotes.com Black Butte Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Black Butte Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Black Butte Lake was formed in 1963 upon the completion of Black Butte Lake Dam. Located on Stony Creek west of Orland, the lake is an inviting and accessible recreation area on the west side of the Sacramento Valley. When full, the lake has a surface area of 4,460 acres, is seven miles long and has a shoreline of 40 miles. The dam provides flood damage protection for local towns and agricultural lands. Black Butte Lake is well-known throughout California as an excellent warm water fishery, with the best fishing during the spring and early summer mid winter is also a great time for the blue catfish. Crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, channel catfish, Florida bluegill and green sunfish are the major game fish. A valid State of California fishing license is required. [Black Butte Lake. www.nwk.usace.army.mil, 02/03/2008]


State:
California

County:
Glenn

Inpoundment Type:
Reservoir

Surface Area (acres):
4460

Lake Management:


Latitude:
39.780403

Longitude:
-122.378805

Water Clarity:


Water Temp Factors:


Maximum Depth (ft):


Normal Elevation (ft):
0

Boat Access:


Boat Limits:


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Black Butte Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

[ Largemouth Bass Info ]
Black Butte Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
   3.4/5
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
At 57 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is in pre-spawn now. It's time to get fishing. Female bass are going to be moving up to the spawning beds. Male largemouth bass will be starting to build the spawning nests in protected coves. Bass prefer to spawn in weedy and woody cover deep in coves that will be protected from the wind and other elements. This is the best time to catch the lake record bass. The female bass will be feeding until they reach the beds and start the spawn. The smaller male bass will be attacking lures also. It is on like donkey kong!!! Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
Black Butte Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

[ Smallmouth Bass Info ]
Black Butte Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
   2.9/5
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With the water temperature at 57 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Black Butte Lake Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Black Butte Lake Crappie Rating:
   3/5
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- Was on the lake 03/23/13. I boat & scanned the whole lake & water is extremely low. Besides the
dam, the Deepest was 9ft at Orland camp. All forest is exposed giving crappies no area to breed yet.
Water still too cold for crappies to start breeding anyways. We found a school of shad deep at the
dam near eagles past and caught a total of 24 crappies in 5 hours during noon time. Had to
constantly chase and locate the moving fish. Use white jigs and live minow then jig deep. Night
fishing off shore with lamp does okay. Without more water into the lake, I doubt we will have a
plentiful of fish next year.
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
Black Butte Lake Walleye Fishing

[ Walleye Info ]
Black Butte Lake Walleye Rating:
   2.1/5
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Black Butte Lake Catfish Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Black Butte Lake Catfish Rating:
   4.2/5
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- Catfish spots are at its peak this time of year. A person may catch about 10 of them with some
good dip bait. Shad are great for bigger catfish. The water temp is high and the catfish are
coming out of their holes 2 eat. Mating season has just ended and they are hungry.
Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Black Butte Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

[ Spotted Bass Info ]
Black Butte Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
   4.1/5
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Black Butte Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Fishing off the bank at campsite #36 I managed to land 3 keeper spotted bass with a 3.5 lb the big one of the group. Somewhat difficult to catch from the bank as I tried just about everything in the box from small spinners and spoons, to artificial worms and plastics and some topwater plugs without a strike. Finally found a shallow diver rattler/crankbait shad imitation that did the trick - they wouldn't touch anything else and I only managed to catch three fish in about 2-3 hours fishing (over the course of two days).
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Black Butte Lake White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Black Butte Lake White Bass Rating:
   3.1/5
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Black Butte Lake Striped Bass Fishing

[ Striped Bass Info ]
Black Butte Lake Striped Bass Rating:
   3.7/5
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Black Butte Lake Trout Fishing

[ Trout Info ]
Black Butte Lake Trout Rating:
   3.6/5
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Black Butte Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
Full Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at opposite times of the day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The full moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, it?s always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. Full moon days can be great fishing. Good luck today!
Sunrise:
06:09 PST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
20:02 PST







Black Butte Lake Links
State Department of Wildlife and Parks
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishing  

State Parks
http://www.parks.ca.gov/