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Hensley Lake, CA
2016-05-25
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Briones Reservoir, CA
2016-05-16
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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!
State:
California
Latitude:
39.780403
Maximum Depth (ft):
County:
Glenn
Longitude:
-122.378805
Normal Elevation (ft):
0
Inpoundment Type:
Reservoir
Water Clarity:
Boat Access:
Surface Area (acres):
4460
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
Lake Management:
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Guest
2016-04-16
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
04/15/16 the water level at black butte has risen up pretty high. at the moment there are great fishing spots because the water level has reached some bush levels. it was pretty windy during the time i was out, 3pm.
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 Rating:
3.5
Black Butte Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
At 56 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 Rating:
3
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With the water temperature at 56 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 Rating:
3
Black Butte Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- 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 Rating:
2
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Black Butte Lake Catfish Rating:
4
Black Butte Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- 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 Rating:
4
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 Rating:
3
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White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Black Butte Lake Striped Bass Rating:
4
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Black Butte Lake Trout Rating:
3.5
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Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be a new moon coming up here in a few days. The fisherman should never use this as an excuse to not get on the water. The affects of the moon can only enhance the outcome of a day's fishing not decrease potential catch for today. On days without the new or full moon, all other factors including weather, barometric pressure, wind and cloud cover will make up today's equation for success.

Sunrise:

05:47 PST

Sunset:

20:26 PST

Moon Phase:


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