Lake Oroville water levels on the rise

Mar 3, 2016 11:43 AM by News Staff

The water level at Lake Oroville was alarmingly low at the end of last year but now the lake is on the rise thanks to all the recent rain we've seen here in the North State.

Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in California and supplies much of the state with water.

Over the last couple of months water levels have been on the rise which is good news for the drought and good news for fisherman like David Cuen.

"The water is starting to warm up because they've been letting water in and it's starting to warm up the water,” he said. “Before when it was cold, there was no bites, nothing. Now at least they're picking up on the bites and people are catching fish. It’s looking pretty positive."

As a result of the drought we've been enduring Lake Oroville is sitting at 53-percent of total capacity and 76-percent of the historical average. The lake's total capacity is about 3.5-million acre-feet and the reservoir level is currently at 1.8-million acre-feet.

"Well hopefully it picks up, it should be picking up considerably after the storm," said Jessamy Cartwright, another Lake Oroville fishing enthusiast.

With some good looking wet weather coming back to the forecast ... lake levels could push near the historical average over the next couple of weeks and could create some ideal fishing conditions on the water.

"It makes the fish more active,” Cuen said. “They need the warm water to really get out there and chase the bait. More water is always needed for fish to bite and be more active. The rain should make a big difference."

Last year on this date Lake Oroville was at 49 percent capacity and right now, it sits at 53 percent capacity.


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