Original Caption: LAKE OROVILLE BASS - Gary Klein, a local professional bass fisherman, displays three largemouth bass he lured from the shoreline waters of Lake Oroville. The reservoir is nationally famous for the bass populations it hosts and is expected to fill to the 900 foot level this year making available more habitat for the fish. Surface lures, deep running lures, spinner baits, jigs, rubber worms and live bait are all favorite enticers for both largemouth and smallmouth varieties. May 1978, Oroville Mercury Register, photo credit: Mercury staff photo

Today’s Throwback Thursday historical photo dates back to 1978 and features a young Gary Klein. The article was a write-up on Lake Oroville, and Gary was a local “pro” at the lake. According to the article, the lake was becoming an attractive tournament stop, recently attracting groups like the Western Bass Fishing Association (WBFA) and the American Bass Fisherman Association (ABFA), headquartered out of Florida.