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Friday, May 20th, 2016

  • Report: Delta Report…. Great Month for #FishOakley as Anglers from Throughout the West start rolling in for the First Major Events of the Year! FLW Costa Pro-Am going now at Russo’s Marina arrive at Big Break this weekend.

    Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has stayed fair the last few days. Dirty “D” is a bit Windy this week. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved West . Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackerel.

    Rio Vista- WINDY, but forecast to improve later this weekend. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sandy Beach and the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 10-12 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers.

    Walnut Grove . Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push continues. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving for Black Bass in the area. Spinnerbaits and Fizzle jigs are working in the Hog Area. Bank anglers tossing shad and Sardines prevail for an occasional Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling..

    Central Delta Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Swim Jigs and Tail Slapper swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling Fatsack Tackle blades and Strike King square bills searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Larger Stripers had another cameo appearance this week yet it was very brief. Crappie and Bluegill also had a improvement this week.

    Frank’s Tract After being beat up by crazy winds for a week, we got a third round of winds. Black bass bite is at a consistent tougher than normal bite. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We are seeing a few big Black Bass with ¾ ounce Jigs. Others looking to score are starting to crank Chartreuse Shad 6th Sense baits and Big Poppa’s are solid options.

    West Delta Bundle up and braving the wind is worth trying. The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 28 pounds have grabbed baits . Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

    Contra Loma – One of the best local bets! Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Trout are biting on nightcrawlers at Channel Point, near the swim area, or from a boat. Black bass fishing has been good again this week, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

    Los Vaqueros The Best bet is fishing for trout with all the trout plants and cool water temperatures. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1000 lb Lassen plant on May 9th . There will be plant next week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been very good with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

    Del Valle . Trout has slowed down due to the warm weather, most anglers are catching them on either garlic or colored Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Staff would also recommend using small spinners or smaller jerk baits, Lucky Craft, or yo zuri. Anglers have been catching trout in the deeper waters, as the fish are staying down at depths of 15-20 feet. Black bass are hitting pretty good. Find fallen trees, weed beds or the tulle patches. We would recommend throwing either a weedless senko or artificial crawdads on a ½- to a 1-oz football jighead. Anglers are also catching them on shallow to mid running crank baits.

    Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

  • Report: Delta Report…. Great Month Ahead for #FishOakley as Anglers from Throughout the West start rolling in for the First Major Events of the Year!

    Wild West Bass Teams arrive at Big Break this weekend.

    Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has stayed fair the last few days. Water cleared a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved West . Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackerel.

    Rio Vista- Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sandy Beach and the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 10-12 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers.

    Walnut Grove . Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push continues. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving for Black Bass in the area. Spinnerbaits and Fizzle jigs are working in the Hog AreaBank anglers tossing shad and Sardines prevail for an occasional Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling..

    Discovery Bay Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Tail Slapper swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling Fatsack Tackle blades and Strike King square bills searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Larger Stripers had another cameo appearance this week yet it was very brief. Crappie and Bluegill also had a improvement this week. Biwaa Sevens in Bluegill and RedHorse patterns rocking the few Bed fish are around.

    Frank’s Tract After being beat up by crazy winds for a week, we got a second round of winds. Black bass bite is at a consistent tougher than normal bite. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We are seeing a few Black Bass with top water and Chili Craw Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Chartreuse Shad 6th Sense baits and Big Poppa’s are solid options.

    West Delta The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 28 pounds have grabbed baits . Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

    Contra Loma – Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.Trout are biting on nightcrawlers at Channel Point, near the swim area, or from a boat. Black bass fishing has been good again this week, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

    Los Vaqueros Fishing for trout continues to be good with all the trout plants and cool water temperatures. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1000 lb Lassen plant on May 9th . There will be plant next week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been very good with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

    Del Valle . Trout has slowed down due to the warm weather, most anglers are catching them on either garlic or colored Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Staff would also recommend using small spinners or smaller jerk baits, Lucky Craft, or yo zuri. Anglers have been catching trout in the deeper waters, as the fish are staying down at depths of 15-20 feet. Black bass are hitting pretty good. Find fallen trees, weed beds or the tulle patches. We would recommend throwing either a weedless senko or artificial crawdads on a ½- to a 1-oz football jighead. Anglers are also catching them on shallow to mid running crank baits.

    Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Monday, May 9th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62-70

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched Tracy O @12:30 bite was much more difficult than the weekend. Tried frogging for about 15 missed strikes and no fish. Threw the jig for about 5 fish but no size. Tossed it around current breaks and let it sit for 5-10 sec. Saw some fish busting on a point tossed my top water out got a nice 3lber then missed a bunch, downsized the bait the started hooking em. Sun was starting to set then finally hooked a nice 4.95. Need to find some New area's to pick up some bigger bites more consistent.

    Tips: The south is loaded with biting 3lbers but tough to get the bigger bite.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got out there Thursday and Saturday and man it was on fire. Fished turns of the low tide with bass to 5.5 with an insane amount of 3's. My partner and I had the 1_2 punch going with me throwing top water of course and he flipping sencos. Fish pushed way out to edges of the grass on current side of the points on the first tide turn. Slack tide they were in a little more open water off the grass. Next turn they pushed right on back in that grass. Rain really helped the top water bite happn for us. All in all an awesome two days of catching.

    Tips: Gotta fish to catch

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

  • Report: Delta Report…. Great Month Ahead for #FishOakley as Anglers from Throughout the West start rolling in for the First Major Events of the Year! Wild West Bass Teams Just a week away the First Major Event for Big Break in many years.

    Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has stayed consistent the last few days. Water cleared a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved West . Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackeral.

    Rio Vista- Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sandy Beach and the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers.

    Walnut Grove . Bank anglers tossing shad and Sardines prevail for an occasional Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling. Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push continues. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving for Black Bass in the area. Spinnerbaits and Fizzle jigs are working in the Hog Area.

    Discovery Bay Larger Stripers started to show a bit this past week including 25 plus pictured. Crappie and Bluegill also had a improvement this week. Biwaa Sevens in Bluegill and RedHorse patterns rocking the few Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Tail Slapper swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling Fatsack Tackle blades and Strike King square bills searching ledges near sparse tulle flats.

    Frank’s Tract After being beat up by crazy winds for a week. Black bass bite is at a consistent. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We are seeing a few Stripers and Black Bass with top water and Chili Craw Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Chartreuse Shad 6th Sense baits and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.

    West Delta The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 28 pounds have grabbed baits . Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

    Contra Loma – Too many bank walkers popping Bass to 8 pounds off the beds, Please release them! Black bass have been biting on Senko’s and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a AC Minnow wake bait or a Savage Trout fishing is still consistent on the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails.

    Los Vaqueros Trout continues to be best bet. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Cowboy Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1000 lb DFW plant on the way. There was also a 1000 lb Lassen plant this week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been holding steady with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

    Del Valle . Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or Texas rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.

    Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694Follow us on Facebook

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Big Break about 2 hours before high tide. Winds were about 8MPH but gusts were up to 29MPH. Had to hide in some of the back slews to find perhaps 100 feet of rip rap that was wind protected in a few places. Wind was changing direction most of the day. The gusts were insane but managed to hold position when needed. Fished with my buddy Joshua and we caught 15 fish wacky style. The biggest was about 3 pounds, most were in the 1-2 pound range. Coming out f Dutch and heading back to Big Break we hit 3 foot rollers moving in the same direction as the boat. Couldn't believe we saw a a 12 foot aluminum boat out there with 3 passengers earlier in the day

    Tips: I use Willie Weather as my main site for weather reports. They can actually zone into Big Break and Frank's Tract. You can get a good handle on wind projections by the hour.I was surprised that the marine weather channel I typically use for small craft advisory reports didn't update their post to forecast what was in my opinion seriously significant winds. My tip actually comes from Stacy King when he did a special on handling turbulent water- "take one wave at a time" . If the rollers are heading in the same direction as your boat DO NOT cruise the tops at a constant high speed thinking the flow is going to be the same. Personally I think when the rollers are moving in the same direction as your boat it's more of a challenge. Be prepared to adjust your throttle speed as necessary and play it safe. One wave at a time.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Orwood around 10:30 am with my buddy Tri Valley Bass-master Bruce. Tide was almost out, fished Sinkos to Discovery Bay. Bloody wind kicked up made things difficult. Headed into Disco bay and looked for calm spots on west side. Fished the shadows near the shoreline and around docks. Bruce caught a nice 5.5lbs female on a dark Sinko. Totaled 6 fish for the day.

    Tips: Looking forward to calmer days. If wind is going to be over 10mph, I'll get some work done around the house. Good luck.

  • Report: Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has improved the last few days. Water cleared a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved West . Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackeral.

    Rio Vista- Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers.

    Walnut Grove . Bank anglers tossing shad and Sardines prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling. Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push continues. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving. Stay in the Wimpys area for best conditions. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures.

    Discovery Bay Larger Stripers started to show a bit this past week including 25 plus pictured. Crappie and Bluegill also had a improvement this week. Biwaa Sevens in Bluegill and RedHorse patterns rocking the Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Tail Slapper swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling Fatsack Tackle blades and Strike King square bills searching ledges near sparse tulle flats.

    Frank’s Tract Black bass bite is at a consistent pace warm days only helps the Big Girls bite. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We are seeing a few Stripers and Black Bass with top water and Chili Craw Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Chartreuse Shad 6th Sense baits and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.

    West Delta The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed baits including 40” monster pictured. Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

    Contra Loma – Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a AC Minnow wake bait or a Savage Trout fishing is still consistent on the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Too many bank walkers popping Bass to 8 pounds off the beds.

    Los Vaqueros Trout action best bet. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Cowboy Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1000 lb DFW plant on the way. There was also a 1000 lb Lassen plant this week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been holding steady with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

    Del Valle . Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or Texas rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Remember that by taking one bass, anglers could be taking thousands away from the lake, so please, during the crucial spawning period, release any bass caught. Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.

    Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Big Break on Sunday with my buddy Tom. They predicted Gale Force Winds in the afternoon around 1PM but we blew out of there around 11AM before the wind starting to kick up. Was out on Dutch around 630 AM and the rollers were already moving in. Moved into Emerson to get out of the wind, with a slow moving outgoing tide. Between my buddy and I we caught around 14 LMB using wacky-rigged 5 inch worms (Stick O's and Senkos) in motor oil color and black. Largest fish was about 4.5 pounds with a number of 2-3 pound fish. My buddy threw everything out there, from crank baits to jigs. I even through out a R2SEA Whopper Popper but to no avail. The fish were only hitting slow dropping plastics. All were great fighters.

    Tips: If you're fishing the sloughs of Big Break, on a full-moon, remember to get the hell out of there before low tide moves in or you may get stuck. There are some place that are less than a foot of water. Also don't blow in too fast because there are at least 2 submerged tree branches that you don't see until really low tide.

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

  • Report: A great Time to remember to Join California Striped Bass Association! Need More Members that Love to Fish and Support this Great fishery! Join Here!
    Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has toughened the last few days. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved west .
    Rio Vista- Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel.

    Walnut Grove . Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling. Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push starts up. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving. Stay in the Wimpys area for best conditions. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures.

    Discovery Bay The Bite is On! The black bass bite has continued rolling. Biwaa Sevens in Bluegill and RedHorse patterns rocking the Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Tail Slapper swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling Fatsack Tackle blades and Rat-LTrap Echos searching ledges near sparse tulle flats.

    Frank’s Tract Black bass bite is at a consistent pace warm days only helps the Big Girls bite. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with top water and Chili Craw Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Chartreuse Shad 6th Sense baits and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.
    West Delta The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed Red/White Classic shimmer jigs. Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.
    Contra Loma – Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a AC Minnow wake bait or a Savage Trout fishing is still consistent on the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Too many bank walkers popping Bass to 8 pounds off the beds.
    Los Vaqueros Trout action best bet. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Cowboy Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1000 lb DFW plant on the way. There was also a 1000 lb Lassen plant this week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been holding steady with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.
    Del Valle . Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or Texas rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Remember that by taking one bass, anglers could be taking thousands away from the lake, so please, during the crucial spawning period, release any bass caught. Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.
    Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 64-70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched Paradise @715am at low tide...started in Columbia Cut but managed only a few dinks. Moved up to Little Connection and zip...killin' time for the tide to come in since we're not that good fishin low tide. Nothing on cranks or topwater though I'm hoping it turns on soon. Moved into St Francis and picked up a 1s, 2,s, a 3 and a 4....continued back to Columbia and picked up a few more 1s and 2s. Headed to Mildred (northwest edges) and again, a few more 1s and 2s. All on 5" senko-type baits...Stik-Os (Blk /red flk) and Big Bite Baits (watermelon /red flk)..bites were subtle in the morning ... line would just start moving. Toward afternoon and warmer water, bites were more solid. Ran back to Paradise and fished the section between the houseboats and 8mile road and picked up a nice 2.5. Senkos ruled but sure wish the crankbait bite turns on soon!

    Tips: Not qualified to give tips. We just tried moving out to 6-10 ft and looked for drop offs but still couldn't put anything together so we junk fished ... worked a stretch with cranks and topwater, then went back over the same line with senkos. Senkos got the hits. I coulda brought 1 rod. But who does that? Hopin a week changes things!

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: So fished again TBT not with the same luck, our big fish were not biting for us. Last week hot and sunny caught 25lbs on the buzz bait in 1-5 ft of water on the flats with shade and something different (log, launch ramp, weeds, etc.). Sunday rainy and overcast, we caught em just no size, biggest 3.1. Tried the buzz, caught 6 around 2, but the senko was getting bit. We lost some fish at the boat going around 4 from 10+ ft on senko. Moved to another stretch no one around, made the mistake of trying the shallow bite again for only little guys. Just about to cross to other side to fish a deep tree I know about then boom another boat pulls right on it and sticks two 5's right in front of us. Demoralizing! We just didn't put it together. Oh well that's fishing the CA Delta.

    Tips: Don't get rattled, keep fishing hard. (Might be more of a tip for me)

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 58-63 & 65-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I don't usually write reports because I am strictly a fun fisherman. I am not a circuit tournament angler so I don't have any notions that my views or experiences are worthy of the more skilled anglers who use this site. I do however do a little bit of research to try my best and lay out my trip, that is the reason I am sharing this report. I am one of among many other guys in my group who compete against each other for bragging rights. We all share information so we can have better experiences on the water just like a group of family or friends, this years trip was no different. Ten boats with 23 anglers out of B&W Resort for the week looking for fun.

    North Delta water up above Tower Park and around Walnut Grove looked stellar with clear water 4-6' water temps 63-66 and perfect looking conditions. We managed a few decent fish here and there in some dead end sloughs and in the main channel but never really put anything together that was consistant. Every day we manged to catch 'em but not the way we wanted to get on 'em decent. Fished Whites, upper and lower Franks, Mildred, Disco etc for basically the same so-so results all junk fishing. Best part was visiting Whimpy's and Rusty Porthole during the low-low one day and the Windmill Cove on few others. We spread out and fished hard all day every day and up until dark in all directions.

    We finally found an area that wanted to bite solid. The water was dirty brown with water temps up to 68-70 degrees in the late afternoon unlike anywhere else we visited on the whole Delta system. It was well worth the wait becaused we ended up hosing them good. The main area was fourteen mile and disappointment with one certain unique stretch just on fire for three solid days for five or six boats before we had to leave putting out fish well in the upper size catagory. I feel like we missed it by only a week or so or perhaps one moon phase or maybe even only by a couple days? What we saw there was good!

    Wehad a great time barbecueing dinner everyday on the levy sharing our daily experiences and telling a few lies. Like any goog trip it ended up coming to an end with more great memories made. I would post a few pics if I knew how but I dont? Hope this report finds you all well and helps a little bit as it did for us. Go get ya sum! Big Ed!

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Orwood at 09:00. Tide was almost out. Headed to Mildred Island. The wind was brutal. Up to two foot swells with large white caps. Scouted the area for calm water, found the south east side of tules to be better but water was muddy. Maybe too muddy. Tried various types of top water, jigs, and worms. Tried various depths. Tried wind swept side, even against the rip rap. Didn't try any baits. I think that would have been a better bet. Hope you have better luck.

    Tips: On a good note, the bank wild flowers are beautiful.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Still muddy out there in Big Break. Caught a small shaker striped bass at the entry to Dutchon a silver rattle trap, then three 3 large mouth bass in the 2-3 pound range—throwing wacky rigged worms in the slews. No wind that day, got up to 88 degrees by 2PM- started the day at 7AM with 2 hours left of outgoing tide. I can't believe how much vegetation is choking off some of the back slews.

    Tips: Fish often

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of wimpy's at bottom of the tide ran down and fished around the opening to hog slough throwing a spinner bait, no luck. Went down further and the it around the island above sycamore and stuck 2 little guys biggest was 2.5 headed into sycamore and switched to a 8.5" paddle tail looking for some better quality fish . Slow rolled it on the wind blown side of the bank in 6-10ft. Started getting bites right away, fished the last 2miles of the slough and boated 4 fish. Biggest was 5-6, that looked like she swallowed a football. The others were about 3lbs. Lost what looked like another 5-6lb at the boat. Missed a lot of solid bites probably because I didn't have leave the hook exposed. They were stacking up on the outside bends off the sparse tule clumps and on the points where the wind was pushing them. Saw a lot of other guys on the opposite bank not doing as hot.

    Tips: Follow the wind when it's like it was sunday. Seemed like they were blowing up on the bank.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 61-68

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Tracy Bass Sunday, tide wasn't where it said, but still found em. Found some bed fish in practice, but they took too long to catch so went back to fishing for pre spawner's. Got 8 bites all day for 24.6 I'll let ya know how after next weeks tourney.

    Tips: Think outside of what most guys are doing and slow down

  • Report: From ElGuapo

    Watch video here: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/delta-t101484.html

    Launched out of Russo's at 7. Water was 57 degrees. Still hard to see beds but finally saw some in Mildred where the water was already 70 degrees. Saw fry as well.

    Caught fish off and on all day but a lot of small ones and a few keepers.

    Until the last hour. We saw a male roaming around and cast to him. Luckily the female was nearby and picked up the bait. :D

    How did others do?

Friday, April 1st, 2016

  • Report: Delta Report…. Spring Striper Extravaganza Saturday April 2nd Noon to 3pm, Featuring Plug Casting guru Tom Amberson… Trolling with Dan Mathisen and more…
    Dan’s Delta Black Bass Series #2 Launches out of Big Break Marina Saturday April 9th.
    Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has started to recover a bit from the dirty water.. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.
    Rio Vista- Many more Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers. Sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn still get bit. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel.

    Walnut Grove . Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling Brite colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push starts up. The Dirty “D” is keeping its name and muddier conditions make it tougher. Stay in the Wimpys area for best conditions. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

    Discovery Bay As water temps stabilize in the 60’s the black bass bite is rolling. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Biwaa Strout a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits. Packman A-Rigs also solid options

    Frank’s Tract Black bass bite is picking up at a consistent pace warm days only helps the Big Girls bite. Vince Borges of VBO Outdoors landed a 13-9 yesterday on R2Sea Big Poppa and AC Minnows are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with 200 S-Wavers and Red Eye Shad.
    West Delta Sturgeon rockin’ Jay Lopes is among the many guides and anglers has scored solid numbers of keepers daily in the Martinez and Pittsburg area. The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed Red/White Classic shimmer jigs. Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.
    Contra Loma – Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Water up fast slowed the bite for now. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a Biawaa Strout, AC Minnow wake bait or a Savage Trout.

    Los Vaqueros Trout action best bet. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Cowboy Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1000 lb DFW plant on the way. There was also a 1000 lb Lassen plant this week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been holding steady with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

    Del Valle . Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or traditionally rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Remember that by taking one bass, anglers could be taking thousands away from the lake, so please, during the crucial spawning period, release any bass caught. Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.

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Sunday, March 27th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Got out on the water expecting it to be a good day. Warm weather, water over 60, 5-10 mph wind but typical Delta humbling experience. We fished on incoming tide 7am-1pm in Middle River. Water was 1 ft vis at best. Threw everything. We managed 3 keeper fish. Biggest going 2lbs on rip baits (bluegill) and rattle traps ( blue/chartreuse). Had a few blow ups on top water, but they really weren't committed. Didn't see any nest or fish shallow (except carp). My buddy did manage to land a 10lb striper on his fly rod, so it wasn't all for none.