Black Butte Lake

Current Temperature:
45°

Est Water Temperature:
51° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.08 (High)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

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Black Butte Lake
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San Luis Reservoir, CA
2014-12-15
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San Luis Reservoir, CA
2014-12-15
Hit the water on12-2-14.It was 6am.Bit was on for about 5hrs...It was a slow going,BigAL..Hooked up on a27.31\'\'-And myselfe-28\'\'.Took home 4 fish .Water level is comming up fast;;;;;... [more]

Kent Lake, CA
2014-12-13
fishing is pretty good on the left side of the lake. Use jigs, and topwaters. ... [more]

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. Vital fishing information for Black Butte Lake, including mean water temperature and moon phase. 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):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 51 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
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 Black Butte Lake at 51 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Smallmouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Smallmouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Black Butte Lake Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Black Butte Lake Crappie Rating:
   3.1/5
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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):
The crappie fishing should be getting good to great now. Crappie function excellent in 51 degree water. Crappie will be nicely bunched up still and moving more aggresively than when the water temperature is in the 35 to 50 degree range. With baitfish getting more active, the crappie fishing will be good. Good luck today!
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:
   4.2/5
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- 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 going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
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:
   3.8/5
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Black Butte Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.
Sunrise:
08:30 PST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
17:44 PST







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

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