The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has over 1000 miles of navigable waterways. There are many resorts and marinas scattered throughout with varying degrees of services and facilities.
Bass fishing in the Delta always involves considering tidal movements which determine the positioning of the bass. Many fisherman believe the last two hours of a receding tide provides the best fishing because it moves the bass from flooded cover out to its edge. Moving up and down the Delta with productive tidal conditions is another option.
Dealing with these varying conditions can be challenging but the quantity and condition of the bass population in the Delta is always a constant.
Russo's Marina: 2-lane ramp,$10 fee. (925)-684-2024. Nice paved launch ramp and they open early for tournaments. Home to Hook, Line and Sinker II.
Holland Riverside Marina: 2-lane ramp, $10 fee.(925)684-3667
Got a late start - launched out of Russo's at 10AM. Luckily the tide was still up. Flipped the tules for only one or two barely keepers. Fished grass line on a break and caught a 3-6 with a 5 following it to the boat. Caught ten or so more in a 10x10' space, some back to back. Hit some more breaks and did the same. Caught 'em on drop shot, senko and jerk bait.
Tips: Fish the grass lines on breaks or where ever you can find them near deeper water.
Report: Got on the water at 6:30 and ran to Little Franks only to find out my trolling motor was dead. Back out on the water again at 10 and started fishing the breaks then the tules. Got a couple keeper sized stripers including this 6lber: http://youtu.be/sPR9pq02Z58
Tips: For a cheap dinner hit the breaks on the flooded islands!
Report: From Otay Michael Photos can be seen here: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/some-pics-from-past-few-times-out-the-delta-t96343.html
Just got back from the Delta a couple of days ago. Got to go out two times before last weekend
(taught a photo class in Napa). Once with my buddy up there, and once by myself,
then two times this week, Mon. and Wed. (glad I did not go out Tues, man it blew didn't it?).
First day I backseated on his boat, and we got 50 we figured (me 20) on just about everything,
and ran from Paradise to Discovery and back. Of course it was a long day, so we had time, as
5 am. till 10 pm at night is a lot of hours. But what fun, but the wind in the afternoon made it
tough. No biggies that day, but lots of 2's, 3's and 4's. Lost a couple of monsters at dusk. Got
them on crankbaits, d/s, spooks, buzzbaits, frogs, gunfish, chatters -both white (he)and black-blue (me). Pix http://www.westernbass.com/forum/some-pics-from-past-few-times-out-the-delta-t96343.html
Next day I went out of Tower Park, my usual, and as I was beat from 17 hours the day before
(and handling a flat when we go back on my trailer) I did not start till about 3.
I went all top, buzzbaits, and got them all on that, except for a follow up fish on the Senko.
Here's some from that day (more scenics, as no bass went over three).After three days of giving my photo class in Napa I was back out. I stayed with friends in Davis
so it took awhile to get to Lodi and get the boat, then to Tower Park, so I started at 7.
It got up to 103, wow,
I did not even thing about it getting that hot, as I got into a frog bite mid-day- open water/ sparse tulles.
By 3 pm I realized, with no wind, I was about dying!
Back to Tower, took a break, had a beer, rested an hour, then got back out.The nicer one this day came as the sun got lower.
Day four, two days later (Wed) we had that nice storm and rain come thru. Made for great
topwater bite and I went out from 7 till 5, and got 14, all on top.Because of the long drive (and the crossing the Grapevine mtn in East L.A.,
I usually bring the aluminum boat instead of the Skeeter. A bit slower but
saves on gas, both on the road and on the water.Had to end early (5 pm) so I could start my trip back, to get through L.A. early enough
to beat the morning rush, about 3 am and home to San Diego a couple of hours
after that. Fun times, can't wait till August when I get to go up again, frog bite should be wide open.
Report: Fishing With Sid my freind rogers email to me
Hi Folks: A great day on the Delta and a NEW Personal best Bass for me a Whooping 12.8 LBs, 26 inches.
What a beast caught on a rubber frog at 5 pm, 4 really big jumps 3 ft in the air , under the boat and taking DRAG all the way. She had a problem fitting in my live well ,so I had to take her photo and release her ASAP. I was lucky my friend frank was home he took the photos. I also had a 7 LB bass and some 2s & 3s . Best 5 fish weighted 27 LBs.
Report: Fished Big Break 1 hour before high tide and 4 hours after. Caught about 14 fish with his and hers 4 and 5 pounds respectively. Minimal wind. Fished using zoom trick worm rigged wacky in green pumpkin, and black/red-flake flapping hog.
Tips: Take your wife and daughter fishing at least once-a-year for good luck. It will help them to understand the "addiction"
Report: Launched out of Paradise and fished mainly near and around the launch. Threw a frog most of the day and only caught one small one. Switched to a senko on incoming tide and caught many small ones and three fish right at 3lbs each. Tough day due to pleasure boaters but they have the right just as us anglers. I learned my lesson though and will wait till the weekdays to fish during holiday weekends.
Report: Launched Paradise and headed to 14 mile slough...worked the tules and weedlines first with lipless cranks and after about 200yds of nothing, switched to senkos. about another 300 yds of nothing, moved further down closer to the main river but still on 14mile. started picking up 1 and 2 lbers on the senkos (black neon and junebug). decided to head up main river to little connection slough... picked up a bunch of barely keepers on lipless cranks. worked the center tule strips with senkos and picked up a few more 1 to 2 lbers. nothing over 2 lbs but still a fun day. the opening set almost had me pretty discouraged til we moved further down.
Tips: not qualified to give tips. but what worked for us was working both inside and outside weedlines. some of the 2 lbers hit between rockwall and inside weed edge. the ones that hit the lipless cranks seemed to hit as the lure passed over the weedline so I switched to a cordell suspending spot and would stop and go over the weedline. that's when I got hit.
Report: Fished the outside river, Northern side of Frank's Tract, rip-rap and tules with wacky rigged zoom (green pumpkin), bulleted lizard (pumpkin), and Texas Rigged flapping hog (black with red flake). Caught about 20 fish on the outgoing tide. Biggest fish was about 3 pounds, most were in the 1.5-2 pound range
Report: Fished Big Break on Friday and Sunday. Friday was a stellar day with high tide at 8AM, windy, caught about 40 LMB in 6 hours with biggest around 4 pounds. Most were in the 2-3 pound range with a few small "anchovies". Fished Sunday, High tide at 11AM, pretty windy most of the day, guided a bunch of rookies. Caught 20 fish mostly wacky in green pumpkin color. Biggest to 3.5 pounds.
Tips: The water was muddier than usual, and the bite was slower on Sunday probably due to the rain we received Friday night/Saturday morning.
Report: Good day fished Holland area. 5 keepers early in little Mandeville biggest 6.3. Wind came up and we switched to rock levees. Boated 45 LMB and 6 stripers. 20 plus keepers most good quality 3-5lbs . Only one fish on a spinnerbait, a few drop shot dinks, but the big ones and most came from cranking.
Tips: Square bill to stay on top of the weeds and fish the wind blown levees even though you want to hide from the wind, better fish are waiting for any bait blown in. Red craw worked best but did almost as well from the back seat with a shad color.
Report: Muddy water for those wondering has come from the islands pumping off excess water getting ready to start farming. Many of the islands pumps are on full speed and notice the siphon pipes pumping out nasty water all over the delta
Report: Launched Paradise Point around 640am; decided to turn left and try 14 mile slough since 3 weeks ago it was productive....not! water was stained to muddy and couldn't get a crankbait bite going...managed a couple 1 lbers on black neon senko. Decided to hit the main river and move toward St Francis and Little Connection... hit our favorite cove just before H&H with a couple other bassboats already there... hit the rockwall no one was working and caught 2... 1.5 and 2lber on junebug senko 4". Worked around the corner and there were some guys working the center tules...picked up what looked like at least a 6 maybe 7lber... guy was whoopin' it up and I don't blame him. We decided to move up to Disappointment but then changed and moved past Honker Cut to White slough... LOTS of shallow weedbeds so we spent about 45mins to an hour working frogs and spooks... had 2 big ones follow but only one blowup. Kept moving on to Bishop's cut and I threw a black neon senko to the outside edge of a weedline... I had just told my brother I won't be back to White Slough any time soon. watched my line load up and start to move sideways....set the hook for a 6lb 6oz buck. Took a couple pics and let him go back to hopefully grow to 9 or 10.
Tips: Can't give any tips..not good enough... but will pass on what worked for us.... when the crankbait bite didn't turn on, we tried senkos, slow rolled spinnerbaits, and jigs...only thing working was the senkos...junebug and black neon either at the outside weed bottoms or right at the tules. Hopin' the crankbait bite turns back on!
Report: Fished Big Break on the incoming tide. Caught about 20 fish, the biggest being around 5 pounds on a pumpkin colored Trick Worm thrown wacky-style. High tide was at 9AM. Still waiting for the General to show up.
Report: On the water at 7, only 3 other trailers in the parking lot. Water temps got knocked back a little and made for subtle bites. A few times I thought I got snagged but it was actually a bite! Caught 'em in 1-5' of water on drop shot and senkos. Still haven't seen any fish on beds. Video here: http://youtu.be/ylbQjU-qUZ8
City: San Mateo
Report: fished some southern sloughs during the out tide. Started throwing the blades took 30 minutes to get one bite too lose a 3+ before switching to cranks. Landed a couple-3, 2+ And had a 4+ come air Bourne at the boat as the crank came to the surface. Thought I'd call a few up top but to no avail. Began getting taps on Almost every cast with plastics. A few pushing 3 one 5+ the rest 1-2. Ended the day with about fifty (which is the most I've caught on one tide swing this year) to the boat with a 24" striper Never really got the reaction bite going and the bites on the plastics were subtle taps. I think I should have bashed jigs and cranks into cover for the big bites.
City: San Ramon
Tips: Been getting some bigger fish up shallow and aggressive top water bites lately. I think the winds may have slowed down the bite I've been on. Maybe a better outcome next visit