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
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
Report: Launched from paradise point ran down to whiskey slough area where we spent the day fishing the tules. Caught 5 with the largest being 3.1 pounds. It was a bit windy starting out but calmed down around 3:00 pm.
Report: Started late around 815am launching out of Paradise; decided to hit 14mile slough and picked up several 1lb to 3lbers on lipless cranks in sexy shad and red craw. we were runnin' the cranks direcly along the weed line tops and I lost what looked like at least a 3 to 4lber...i won't say 5 cuz don't wanna sound like I can tell right away...but it peeled out line like my drag was loose and when we saw it spit my crank out, it was big! worked same areas over with monster shad senkos pickin' up just as many.
Ran down to St Francis yacht club and picked up a few 12" to 1.5 lbers on lipless cranks in red craw or red w/yellow belly. moved up disappointment to work our way back to paradise, by now it's about 230pm throwin' senkos at the cuts and tule edges; set the hook on a really light tap and oh boy, more line peelin' and then a jump at the boat ... watched my senko go flyin' straight up and another mirror image of what I lost earlier in 14 mile slough. I used every cuss word possible but I knew it was my own fault and just bad luck. But we ended the day with about 35 total between my brother and me. Not all big and a bunch not quite keepers. But best 5 would have gone maybe 12 - 13 lbs unless I woulda landed the lost 2. Oh well, good day on the water. At least for us we call that a good day.
Tips: Still don't believe I'm qualified to give tips...but here's what worked for us:
We could see fish on the graph inside the weedlines, water was only 3-5ft. So we would throw to the tules and work the bait as much parallel and right on top of the weedline. The fish would come up and slam the cranks.
For senkos/stick plastics, we'd throw to rock wall tule points or cuts, edges and openings. At St Francis, we worked the entrance from disappointment side directly down the center and caught probably 6-7 just hangin around the outside mouth.
Report: Fished Little Franks and Franks all morning throwing a jig. Only managed one 2lber. Ran south to get out of the wind which was becoming unmanageable in a tin boat. Almost hit a sea lion (see video below). Found cleaner, calmer waters and better fish.
Video here: http://youtu.be/FFth5hdo1WI
City: San Mateo
Tips: Move around until you find fish. I probably should have run south sooner rather than later.
Report: Windy n tough today for me n the wife. Launched at Tiki around 8:30. Ran south thinking the east west canals would be protected from the steady n wind. NOT. Caught fish here and there on senko and drop shot but no good ones. Low tide and wind is a huge challenge for us foothill folks. No tips but keep moving till ya get bit. Don't know enough to camp anywhere