Black Butte Lake

Current Temperature:
39°

Est Water Temperature:
58° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.01 (High)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

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Black Butte Lake
National Pro Reports

Lake Minnetonka, MN
2014-04-16
We are getting close to fishing lake minnetonka with open water. We are now past lake minnetonkas average ice out, with most channels open and the remaining ice being honey comb throughout. With a f... [more]

-Dan Jasper

Sooner Lake, OK
2014-04-14
The fish are finally waking up at Sooner. Water temps in the main lake are 58 degrees and 72 in the discharge canal. Most fish are being taken shallow on live Shad fished on a free line. It\'s the mos... [more]

-Steve Carroll

Lake Guntersville, AL
2014-04-14
13 April 2014 Lake Guntersville %u2013 Really nice family joined me yesterday on Guntersville and after a slow first hour or so the guy%u2019s started putting them in the boat. Everyone caught fish ... [more]

-Jake (Mid South Bass Guide)

Old Hickory Lake, TN
2014-04-08
This report is for the week of 03/30/2014- 04/07/2014

We have again had an awesome week here on Old Hickory Lake this week as we ran 4 trips and are still catching big fish! This week alone... [more]

-Ian Huey

Lake Sidney Lanier, GA
2014-04-06
Striper fishing is good and should be improving as the warming water temperatures gets the fish up and moving. The boys will be looking for girl friends and the girls will be looking to pack on the we... [more]

-Ken West and Mike Maddalena

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. 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 Community Fishing Reports
Guest
2014-03-20
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
My son and I went fishing out at Angler\'s Cove a few weeks ago (sorry a little old now). The water is clean and clear but the water level is upsettingly low. Large trees that were once completely covered by water are now almost completely exposed. We were standing and fishing from the bank in the same spot we casted to last year (and that was the furthest cast we made). Fishing was horrible. We were out 8 hours and didn\'t even get one bite. For us, even on the worse days this is very abnormal. We used every bait in the book. Night crawlers, liver and anchovies for cats, threw a few bass plugs, jigged for panfish. Nothing worked. It\'s sad to see this lake this low and it is the lowest I\'ve seen it in 15 years. Hopefully things will improve with the coming rains. Fished early March 2014.
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 58 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):
The smallmouth bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again. Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
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 spawn should be really heating up now. Crappie prefers to spawn on gravel bottom typically with brush and/or emergent vegetation for cover. If the lake is void of gravel bottoms, find the rocks or rip rap. Crappie will use the larger structure rocks for cover. Cast some small grub baits in the shallows looking for the spawning crappie. 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):
The spotted bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again.
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:

Sunrise:
06:29 PST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
19:48 PST







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

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