Hunting & Fishing in Oroville
Butte County is full of both world-renowned fishing spots and lesser-known fishing holes. Bassmaster Magazine called Lake Oroville the “best bass fishing spot in California.”
The Thermalito Afterbay adds over 25 miles of shoreline beyond the dam. The Oroville Wildlife Area provides hunters access to over 11,000 acres of riparian woodland habitat. And The Lower Feather River offers wonderful fly fishing for steelhead.
OROVILLE WILDLIFE AREA
The approximately 11,800-acre Oroville Wildlife Area is primarily riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Warm water fish species (largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, channel catfish, and black crappie) can be found in the numerous dredger ponds and the Thermalito Afterbay. Salmon, steelhead, shad, and striped bass can be found in the Feather River. Wildlife species seen in the area include coyote, badger, fox, bobcat, porcupine, osprey, white-tailed kite, egrets, woodpeckers, and warblers. There are good populations of coyotes, deer, dove, quail, and waterfowl, and fair populations of squirrel and rabbit.
Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting, and shooting range. The shooting range is for rifles, pistols, shotguns, archery, and is open from sunrise to sunset. There is no Rangemaster. Facilities: camping, restrooms, and launch access.
Oroville Wildlife Area
Oro Dam Boulevard West
Oroville, CA, USA
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One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, except for at designated camping areas.