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Saturday, June 16th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…. Weekend Bite looks Good! Weather for #FishOakley #fishbethelisland anglers looks great for Dads Day. Special Welcome to BBT Teams.

    Isleton

    Striper Trolling and plug casting has improved the last few days. Dirty “D” has been much better this past 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

    Warm seasonable weather ahead finally for Holiday anglers, and forecast is Awesome. 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 baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push (While Late) continues. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving for Black Bass in the area. Spinnerbaits and Swim jigs are working in the Hog Area. Bank anglers tossing shad and Lug Worms 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 Buzz Baits and Whopper Ploppers. 6Th Sense Poppers are a player now as well. 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 weeks, we some of the best water conditions of the year. Black bass bite is at a consistent yet, tougher than normal bite. Green Man Bear Pigs and Beavers also working well. We are seeing a few big Black Bass with ¾ ounce Jigs. Others looking to score are starting to buzz Zoom Frogs and Accent Buzzbaits.

    West Delta

    The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 27 pounds have grabbed tossed lures . 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.

    Los Vaqueros

    A potpourri of opportunity I was reminded this week by a new friend that Catfish Stripers and Trout are all available there now.

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

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 70 - 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:11 pm

    California Delta 6/13/2018
    Wind 8 - 15 mph

    Put in at around 6:30 in the morning. Another slight western breeze blew on the water and the tide had just started to move out.

    My friend and I opted for surface lures since they had produced so well the previous week. We started to throw frogs and had some blow-ups, but the action was slow. My friend switched to a buzzbait and I switched to a chatterbait. Both got small fish, but the morning bite was definitely off.

    Hoping to change our luck, we decided to fish windblown points with whopper ploppers and cranks, but this again yielded smaller than usual fish. Stumped, I switched to my Bullshooter hoping to find some bigger fish. On my third cast, I had a swirl and my rod loaded. I excitedly cranked the beast in, then I realized the fish was no more than two pounds. Talk about eyes bigger than your stomach.

    By eleven, we had not boated anything over 2.5 pounds on surface lures, so we finally put the surface lures away. We broke out old reliable, the Senko paired with the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook, and proceeded to go to work. Fishing the outside weedline, we boated a good number of healthy fish ranging from 2 pounds to around 3.5 pounds.

    By noon, my buddy called it a day and we returned to the ramp. I was supposed to pick up my other buddy, but he cancelled last second. So, I headed back out and fished for a couple more hours.

    Fishing was tough, and the Senko bite we had found earlier died off. Almost calling it a day, I made one last stop on a weedline and cranked it. First cast, I hook a small dink, then cast again and hooked another, and another, and another. Four consecutive casts, I hooked four fish. They were all small, but getting bigger. For around 20 minutes straight, I hooked fish off this weedline with the better ones ranging from 3 to 4 pounds. I even hooked a good 6 pounder, but she came off right at the boat.

    Satisfied, I called it a day.

    Tips: Notes
    Morning bite was oddly tough, but found the better bite in the afternoon on Senkos and Cranks.
    Finding clean weeds with current is a must!

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 69 - 71

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:33 am

    California Delta 6/8/2018

    Visibility 2 – 4 feet
    Wind 5 - 15 mph

    It feels good to be back on the water. We launched at around 6:30 in the morning. It was a bit chilly, but the water was warm.

    Our initial game plan was to fish topwater all morning, and the fish seemed to definitely be feeding. On our second spot, we loaded the boat with about a dozen bass ranging from a pound to around three-pounds. The fish were very tight to cover, so making accurate casts was a must. With so much luck in a single area, we went back through the area with Senkos and managed some more decent fish up to three-pounds. The fish were super aggressive, and even the small six-inch fish couldn’t deter the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky hook from sticking them.

    We followed this pattern for about two hours, and then the bite simmered down once the sun came out. With the sun, came a steady western breeze. This put a nice ripple on the water, so I switched to my handy chatterbait. Almost immediately, I started to put bass in the boat. The fish that ate the chatterbait, were generally larger, ranging from two to three and a half pounds. Surprisingly, the bite was good all day in the murky water.

    This pattern lasted until noon, then the water seemed to clear up. With our bite slow, we took a short lunch break at Sugar Barge. Their hamburgers are surprisingly good haha.

    After our lunch, we searched around for a good bite, and found it on a bluegill colored crank. Again, the nicer fish started to chew with the best pushing four. Fished a little longer and found some more fish on the drop-shot. My sister had a blast and even managed a fatty!

    By two, the wind was starting to gust, so we called it a day. Overall, not a huge limit, but a fun day regardless.

    Tips: Notes

    The fish were very aggressive in the morning, but as the sun got higher in the sky, the bite slowed.

    Fishing topwater early, and then switching to the chatterbait and cranks got some good fish. Senkos and drop-shot continue to pick up solid fish

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

  • Report: by TravisH » Tue May 29, 2018 5:56 am

    Here’s a quick run down for all the delta guys out there.. Last Friday we launched outta Ladds an spent about 4 hrs on the water before the Holiday weekend masses hit the water. We hit a lot of water right off the main channel and started catching them fairly easy. I was throwing a River2sea Bully Wa 2 tied to 65lb braid paired with my Lews / Phenix M1 7’8 H rod. On the 3rd cast of the morning that combo went to work by sticking a solid 5lber and then catching a dozen 2-3lbers.. The tide was bottoming out in the area I was in so I made a move to an area that was a grass flat with a perfect weed line that was met by about a 3’ Break. I threw the top water along the weed line An didn’t get any takers so I went Down the stretch one more time. This time I slowed it down some and was using a 1oz R2sea Trash bomb and a green pumpkin Yamamoto flapping hog to target the edge of the weed line an instantly started getting some solid bites.. This quick morning session was good for an 18lb bag and now I’m looking forward to getting back out once the dust settles from the Holiday weekend..

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 70 - 73

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sun May 27, 2018 3:12 pm

    California Delta 5/26/2018
    Visibility 1 - 4 ft
    Wind 5 - 15 mph

    Quick report for a short trip.

    Got off work around noon and saw the clouds hadn’t fully moved out of the area. Even though it was Memorial Day weekend, I couldn’t resist the opportunity.

    We put in at around 1 in the afternoon. Tide was coming in nicely, so we quickly moved to a large flat. We proceeded to work it with chatterbaits and buzzbaits. Almost immediately, we started to hook up. These fish were all fat and very healthy looking.

    Following this pattern, we managed to pull some more good fish in the two to four-pound range, but the clouds decided to part. With the sun out, the chatterbait bite fell off. I switched to the crank again, and started to pull more fish. My father on the other hand, started to throw the Senko (smarter move). He started to pick up good fish, and the biggest going just over 6 pounds. The Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook stuck her good.

    By 4 in the afternoon, the pleasure boaters and cabin cruisers started to make a mess of things and we called it a day. A short trip but managed some good fish.

    Tips: Notes
    The fish were definitely up shallow with the abundant cloud cover. Topwater produced some fish, but the better fish bit the chatterbait and Senko. When the sun came out, we had to slow down to get the better fish.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend! It’s a zoo out there, everyone be careful and be safe.

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…. Memorial Weekend Bite looks Good! Cool Weather for #FishOakley at the start then heating up for the Holiday.
    Isleton Fishing Report
    Striper Trolling and plug casting has improved the last few days. Dirty “D” has been much better this past 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 Fishing Report
    Warm seasonable weather ahead finally for Holiday anglers, and forecast to turn from cool to Hot. 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 Fishing Report
    Trolling 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 Swim jigs are working in the Hog Area. Bank anglers tossing shad and Lug Worms 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 Fishing Report
    Most Blackie anglers are sticking with 3/4oz Jigs and Rage swimmers 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 Fishing Report
    After being beat up by crazy winds for a weeks, we some of the best water conditions of the year. Black bass bite is at a consistent yet, tougher than normal bite. Green Man Bear Pigs and Beavers 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 DDO custom Craws are solid options.

    West Delta Fishing Report
    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 . 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.

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

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 70 - 73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Thu May 24, 2018 8:25 pm
    Wind 10 - 25 mph

    Set in at around 9 this morning. Got a chance to fish with a cool guy, and some new water.

    Again, the weather report called for wind (getting real tired of this wind), but the morning was pleasantly calm. At our first stop, the tide was way out. We located the outer most weedline, and proceeded to work it with topwater and chatterbaits. Picked a few fish off that way, but decided it was just too shallow.

    We made another quick run and started to fish ledges on the main channel. Switching between drop-shot and a buzzbait; located some more small fish. It’s clear the fish have not yet reached these post-spawn areas. So making another move, we cranked the rocks. To no surprise, the fish were small again, but we found good numbers this way.

    Attempting to find some bigger fish, we made another move to a large exposed flat. Almost instantly, I got two good strikes on the chatterbait, but missed both. They seemed to be just slapping it, rather than eating it. Sensing the fish did not want the chatterbait in the bright conditions, I switched to a craw crank and started to pick more fish up. My partner managed to hook into what looked to be a good three-pounder, but she came unbuttoned at the boat. That technique lasted for most of the day, but was very difficult with the wind.

    Then we caught a break, the clouds started to roll in. I knew that this would cause them to start eating the chatterbait, we switched tactics again. Proceeded to fish down a large weedline, and the fish had started to feed. No more slapping the bait, but rather choking it. We managed some good fish with the largest going about 3.5 pounds.

    We continued this pattern for the remainder of the day with mixed results. As the wind started to blow harder and the pleasure boats making an appearance, we called it a day.

    Tips: The bite was oddly tough today. We found fish deep, on rocks, and in the weeds.

    Quantity was not an issue today, but the quality was. The better fish ate reaction baits in low light. When the sun came out, drop-shot was all they would eat.

    Chatterbaits, drop-shot, and crankbaits caught the majority of our fish today. This pattern has been fairly consistent for the month.

Monday, May 21st, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 69 – 72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon May 21, 2018 9:20 pm

    Water Temp 69 – 72
    Visibility 2 - 4 ft
    Wind 5 – 15 mph

    Launched at around 6:30 this morning. Abundant sunshine, with short periods of clouds. A steady western breeze blew. Conditions were perfect for reaction baits.

    With the tide coming in, we started on a shallow flat. Initially, I started with my chatterbait, but after missing two fish right off the back, I switched to a buzzbait. This yielded me a couple of small fish, but my father stuck to the chatterbait and was rewarded with a couple of healthy bass.

    As some clouds moved in, the reaction bite got even better. I went to work with the chatterbait, while my father threw a crankbait. It was a good combination, since we could cover water quickly, but also give two different presentations. We land a number of decent fish ranging from a pound to just over three pounds.

    With the clouds now gone and the chatterbait bite slowing, we moved to a rock wall. I switched to my custom craw crank, and my father threw a lipless craw crank. We proceeded down the bank and got bit on almost every cast for about a 100-yard stretch. It was crazy to see how stacked these fish were (largemouth and stripers). Granted, it was a battle of the dinks, but still a fun experience.

    After going to town on the dinks, we were in the search for some bigger fish.

    Stopping on another promising looking flat, I worked my crankbait. Sure enough, I hooked into something strong, but as I fought it for a couple of seconds, I knew it wasn’t a bass. Then is saw an orange flash. I know it’s a carp, and by the looks of it, a good one.

    After fighting the brute for about ten minutes, my father managed to get our tiny net over the carp’s head. This was not what I meant by “searching for bigger fish”, but I guess something is better than nothing. Definitely the largest carp I have caught.

    By late afternoon, the wind picked up, and the fishing got even tougher. We managed a few more fish, but called it a day.

    Tips: Notes

    The early reaction bite was key to getting the better fish. Once the sun came up, the fishing got tough.

    A fun craw crank bite has begun. For those who are new to bass fishing, and want to just get bit, find yourself a rock wall with a weedline. Cast to the trough and hold on. The fish will be small, but still fun.

    Carp the new Bass??

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 67-70

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Thu May 17, 2018 9:22 pm

    California Delta 5/16/2018
    Water Temp 67-70
    Visibility 2 – 3 feet
    Wind 8 – 15 mph

    With clouds rolling through the area, we put in around 7:30 in the morning. I noticed the water had cooled slightly, but not enough to cause them to go into a negative mood.

    With abundant cloud cover and a good western breeze blowing, my first instinct was to throw reaction baits. I tied on my trusty chatterbait and got bit instantly. This was a good feeling since the last couple of weeks had been a grind to find fish. Continuing down the bank, I picked off a few more fish, when my father hooked into a healthy four-pounder. With a quick limit in less than 15 minutes, we continued our pattern.

    On almost every bank we stopped on, the fish were actively feeding. This pattern lasted for about three hours; then the minus tide started to go to work, and our bite fissled off.

    With the tide extremely low, some bed fish became visible. We fished a couple of beds with some success, but these were only small males. Then we stumbled upon a huge redear nesting site. The size of some of these redear were massive, so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity like this. I whipped out my drop-shot rod. Cast a tiny piece of roboworm on the nest, and BAM! A huge redear smacked it, and the thing even took drag. Played with these fish for about 30 minutes, and then went back to work.

    With the tide low, we backed out to the furthest weedlines we could find and started to punch. The punch bite was not spectacular, but we managed to pull a few decent fish. Wanting to cover water a little faster, I picked up the chatterbait again. Almost like someone flipped a light switch, the bites started to come left and right. Two’s and three’s started to fly, and the best going around five and a half pounds. As I threw the chatterbait, my father followed up with a Senko and picked off the ones that I had missed, including another solid four-pounder.

    We continued to target outside weedlines, and found the pattern to be the same. By late afternoon, the clouds started to have large clearings between them. When this occurred, the chatterbait bite slowed. I switched to my craw crankbait and picked up were the chatterbait left off. The bites started to come in, but these fish were a lot smaller than the ones on the chatterbait. Regardless, still fun action.

    That said, I did have a striper steal my crankbait, but I’ll just paint another haha.

    By 3 pm, the wind had picked up so we called it a day.

    Tips: Notes:

    The chatterbait bite was really good in low light, but once the sun came out, the crankbait out produced the chatterbait.

    With the new moon, we are seeing minus tides this week, which means the water is super low. Don’t be afraid to fish the outside weedlines, its just like any other piece of cover.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: With outgoing tide in progress early on, decided to sleep in and miss the early ramp rush; got there around 730am and great, only one other boat launching. Went straight to White Slough and into a cut to stay away from the wind. Tide was outgoing but not bottomed out so started throwing topwater; brother stayed with topwater and I went to a Bomber Long A... jerk jerk long pause. Picked up a few 12"-14"ers. Decided to try some plastics but no takers, bottom or dropshot. Went back to jerkbait but with the tide much lower, went to a Rapala Ripstop; it's 3.5" and shallow diver to keep me out of the weeds. Jerk jerk long long pause, up to 20secs. Another few 12"-13" and then a couple 2lbers when I paused almost 30 secs. Brother was still trying topwater after a few blowups but nothing on the hookset. He then went to jig, chatterbait, dropshot, wacky senko, zip, zero. We went up and down the cut, power poling to work an area every 25-50 yds or so. I would try a lipless suspending crankbait but zip on that. Went back to my jerkbait, this time Rapala Shadow Rap in Albino Shiner. Pow, 2.5lber. My brother finally switches to a Rattlin' Rogue and bam, 2lber. 2 casts later, bam, he gets another almost 2lber...heavy 1 lber if it wasn't 2. I decided to throw one more time and after a couple jerks, i turned and got into some chat with big bro. About a minute or so while still chattin', bam, got a hit that almost took my rod out of my hand, my brother saw the hit before i felt it, watched my rod tip just bend away. Turned out to be a 3lber. Decent day, though I wish the crank bite would take off!

    Tips: Never really ever feel qualified to give tips but what seemed to work for me was forcing myself to lighten my jerks and long long pauses between them... initially 9 secs then went to anywhere from 9 - 20 then 30 secs. That last one hit after at least a minute, possibly almost 2 mins. At least one of the 2lbers had fat belly and the rest appeared to be strong but slender.

Friday, May 11th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…. Great Month for #FishOakley as Anglers

    Dan’s Delta Outdoors Team event #4 is This weekend and Pro Am #4 (May 19th) at Big Break Marina. Pre Registration available NOW at Dan’s Delta Outdoors. Each team member that comes in early to register will be given a raffle ticket for a 50.00 Dan’s Delta gift certificate.

    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 Angry Eyes baits in bright 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 Strike King Blade minnows 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. 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 DDO Customs and Pranks are solid options.

    West Delta Bundle up and braving the wind is worth trying. The stripers are here Lug Worms, 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.

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

  • Report: by Wsc » Fri May 11, 2018 9:20 am

    I hit the delta in the morning out of Russo’s at 6:30 am. Wind was picking up around Franks so I headed SE to connection slough and found calm conditions. My go to bait in the past has been a rage craw but this season it has been ignored. Brush hogs have been getting hit for me. Picked up 5 fish. The first went over 7lbs. She pulled the boat toward some rip rap (18 ft. Lund) before I pulled her out. The fish seem a little spooked this season and require more patience on the retrieve. Maybe due to pressure and the presence of sea lions moving deeper into the delta. Wondering if others are experiencing the same thing?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 – 71 Degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Tue May 08, 2018 7:09 pm

    California Delta 5/8/18
    Water Temp 68 – 71 Degrees
    Visibility 1 – 4 Feet
    Wind 10 - 20 mph

    Put in at around 8:30 in the morning. Conditions were calm, but the wind was forecast to blow (and that it did).

    With the tide still fairly low, we tried our luck at punching. The first few spots only yielded a few bumps, but no takers. As the wind started to pick up, so did the bite. I was initially using a ¾ oz tungsten to get through the mats, but the mats were much thicker. My father who was using a 1.5 oz tungsten had a much easier time getting through and getting more bites. I switched over, and managed to finally stick a few fatties.

    With the wind getting stronger, we moved over to some rocks and had some good luck on craw pattern cranks. All 1 to 2 pound fish, but surprisingly fat and healthy looking fish.

    By noon, with sun high in the sky, the wind blowing hard, and the fish in a negative mood, it was hard to get bit. Then our luck changed.

    Attempting to hide from the wind, we tucked up in a shallow cove. I punched for a bit, but had no takers. Then I noticed a large female sunning herself. I switched to my glide bait (one that I recently painted) and cast past her position. I retrieved the bait to her position and killed it. Her fins flared and she inhaled the bait. I set hook and had her on for about ten seconds, before she came off. Disappointed, we continued down the bank, but I had a nagging feeling that I should return. So I did, and cast in the same exact spot. BOOM! Fish on again! It was her, but this time she was hooked good. We got her in the boat, took a few pics, got a weight (7.2 lb), and let her go.

    With the wind howling now, we called it quits.

    Tips: Notes
    Punching, and cranks got the majority of our fish today.

    As for the glide bait, straight retrieves will get you tons of followers (although some will eat it like that). If you want to cut down on followers, vary the retrieve. The one that works the best for me, is a steady retrieve, pause, and then two small rod twitches. Repeat until you are finished with your cast.

Friday, May 4th, 2018

  • Water Temp: ??

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I launched at Tracy Oasis and fished grant line canal all day. Looking for that honey hole no one knows about, because no one usually fishes the long stretch of this canal from the bridge to old river. Why I never see anglers pitching the banks here? I'm beginning to realize. I've fished this canal for a few years and have only pulled a few fish out of it. Today though, the water was like chocolate milk. I left my ff at home so I don't know the temp. I mixed up my techniques trying to find what worked with the only clue being a buzz-bait swell-up @ the edges of hydrilla. I stuck with the buzzer for a good long while and no more takers. The hydrilla was green, which is a good sign of filtration and oxygen. Threw a black and tan frog over some snot and hydrilla patches, nothing. Bluegill pattern chatter bait on the inside weed-line/rip rap at high tide, nothing. Deep chartreuse crank-bait down the middle of the canal for awhile, nothing. This is a long stretch canal with (4) banks, I primarily fished from the launch ramp and went west until I hit the second switchback. My experiences on the delta this Spring has been a heavier stained clarity level than usual. I'm wondering if bass move further than I once thought they did (+-30 yards a day) to completely relocate when spawning or the clarity chokes them out. I don't know. I tried!

Monday, April 30th, 2018

  • Report: 2nd Basshole » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:28 am

    Launched out of rivers end, around 6:15, headed towards Victoria slough to get to the backside of Coney Island to a big flat. Started on the outside edge around the opening into the flat with a Plopper Flopper. With no takers picked up my Snag proof root beer brown frog, and on the 3rd cast, had a taker 2.5 lbs. That was it as the tide slacked! Did have an otter come out to play with my frog, and I had to jerk it away multiple times. Someone must have been feeding it, for it seemed friendly or over curious. I played around the area and found fish on the graph but nothing could entice. I headed over to where Italian slough hits old river, a big flat area (Widdows Isalnd). Started on the outside, near the opening, threw all my typical plastics with no takers. I decided to switch to a crank bait (Storm wiggle wart V37 craw color) and threw into the opening, bam 4 fish in 4 cast, biggest two around 2lbs. I knew I was on to something, then a boat wanted to pass through the opening, so I waived him by. I stepped back on the trolling motor pedal and nothing. After checking fuses and breakers, I realized my day was done at 10:00 and headed back to the marina. I felt good that I was able to find something they would bite on and to get a frog fish in April was my highlight of the morning.
    Thanks Western Bass for I found a killer deal on a replacement trolling motor in the classifieds, and am ready to go on my next adventure.
    Dennis

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 65 – 68 Degrees

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:11 pm

    California Delta 4/30/2018

    Visibility 1 – 4 Feet
    Wind 6 – 15 mph

    Got a late start this morning. Managed to get out around 9:30 this morning. The tide was falling fast so we decided to follow it.

    We had no game plan for the day, so more or less just a relaxed day on the river. Overcast skies with a good breeze coming from the south; the reaction bite should be good. Sure enough, the chatterbait got most of the bites, along with some buzzbait fish. The two’s and three’s bit pretty good for a couple of hours, but with the tide falling, the bite shut down.

    With most of our cover in only inches of water, we switched to weedlines. The bite was not as consistent as it was earlier, but we managed to catch a few on drop-shots, swimbaits, chatterbaits, and light punching.

    By the afternoon, we ground out another handful of bass, but it was a challenge. Crankbaits and Senkos got the majority of our fish. I even caught a three inch bass on a 6 inch Senko; just goes to show you how aggressive the little ones are, and how effective the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook is at catching fish of all sizes.

    With the occasional cloud moving in front of the sun, throwing a buzzbait in shallow water yielded some good bass for my father.

    In the end, I started with two rods, but by the afternoon, I had six rods on the deck. All six rods got fish, but that tells you how inconsistent the fish were today. The only good bite we found was in the morning fishing reaction with the tide up. Once the tide fell, the bites got few and far between.

    Tips: Caught quite a few pre-spawners today. I’m thinking a batch moved up with the full moon, but with the cooler temps, the majority are still waiting for the weather to stabilize.

    I threw six rods today, all six got fish. There was no “go to bait” for today. That said, chatterbaits and drop-shots got the better fish for the day.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…. Wild West Anglers here this week at Big Break Marina Friday Through Sunday. Striper Fishing Goes Again Off This week! 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 earning its name and conditions are lets say turbulent. 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. River2Sea in Shad and Crankbait patterns rocking the Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Strike King Rage Swimmers swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, clouds forecast this weekend slow Fatsack Tackle blades and Rat-LTrap Stutter Steps 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.

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

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 63-67

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:58 pm

    California Delta 4/23/2018

    Water Temp 63 – 67
    Visibility 2 – 4 ft
    Wind 6 – 11 mph

    Launched around 6:30 in the morning. A steady western breeze put a nice ripple on the water. A frog/buzzbait combination yielded no results, even though conditions were ideal. We switched to chatterbaits and spinnerbaits and got some small males to go on them.

    With the tide quickly coming in, we moved to a large spawning flat hoping to find some females moving up to spawn. To our surprise, we ran into a nice school of stripers. My father hooked into a 10 pound striper on a white swimbait, which put a good bend in his rod. I proceeded to cast my chatterbait and had the biggest striper I’ve seen on the delta, follow my bait. This beast could have easily gone 40+ pounds. A true monster. But, as soon the school appeared, they vanished.

    After switching back, we started to throw Senkos in the areas we knew had beds. You could tell the weekend crew had done some damage, hundreds of empty beds; kinda sad to see that happen. We proceeded down the bank and managed some small males, but nothing more.

    Finding the bite increasingly more difficult, we started cranking some rip-rap and found a fun crankbait bite. Again, nothing big, but still fun.

    By the afternoon, the tide had dropped way out and the wind had subsided. After a short run, we stopped at another spawning flat (this one seemed to not be fished so bad as the other). Tossing the Senko combined with the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook and punch shot produced a good number of solid fish. After an hour or so, we had a decent limit of fish, but nothing to brag about haha.

    With the gnats and humidity getting to an uncomfortable point, we called it a day and headed back.

    Tips: Notes

    With fishing pressure at an all time high and the water starting to clear, these fish are becoming increasingly spooky. Get away from sight fishing, back off a bit, and fan-cast your water.Slow presentations caught us the better fish, Senkos and Punch shots got the better bites.

    If you are new to the fishing game and want to get bit, getting a craw pattern crankbait and burning down the rocks will get ya bit (generally smaller fish, but still fun).

    Lastly, the Delta is a very special place and we want to preserve this fishery, that means clean up after yourself (don’t toss garbage or line in the water) and always try to practice catch and release.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 60-62

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:50 am

    California Delta 4/14/2018 – 4/15/2018
    Water Temp 60 - 62
    Visibility 1 – 3 feet
    Wind 5 – 10 mph (4/14) – 8 – 18 mph (4/15)

    My Father and I fished the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge this weekend. Overall, a fun and exciting event that drew a decent crowd.

    (4/14)
    With adrenaline and coffee powering our bodies, we made our way to the launch ramp. We put in the water at around 5:30 in the morning and were set to fish at 5:50. With light just starting to peek over the horizon, we made the run to our first spot.

    In previous weeks, this spot had proven very fruitful; a nice spawning flat. With the tide dropping out, we prepared to wreak havoc, but the fish had other ideas. After burning precious hours, a three pounder on a Senko is all we could muster.

    With the tide quickly falling and our spot being hammered by multiple boats, my father called an audible. He decided to hit our next spot earlier than we planned to be there. With haste, we flew to our next spot.

    (You know we had gone fast when you look at the motor and have about a hundred dead bugs on it haha)

    We arrived at the spot with renewed hope. Not even five minutes at the spot, I got a light tick. I reeled down and slowly swept the rod across my chest; the fish didn’t move when I hooked her. Suddenly, she pulled back.

    “Get the net!”, I grunted.

    With the fish fast approaching the boat, my father swiftly grabbed the net and put it over the side. As I brought her next to the boat, she proceeded to jump about a foot in the air. With speed and precision, my father caught her mid-air. In the boat, we could see she inhaled the Senko and the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook pinned her securely with minimal effort.

    With a good fish in the boat and the last hour remaining, we ran back to weigh her.

    At the scale, she weighed 6.08; good enough for the first seat. We had arrived with 15 minutes left in the hour, but the last five minutes had been the longest I had ever experienced. In the end, she held up.

    Happy with the day, we prepared for the following day.

    (4/15)
    The clouds and slight breeze blew over the delta. An epic day was in the brewing, but as the hours passed, those thoughts quickly evaporated. Reaction baits got short strikes and the slow presentations got bit, but not the correct quality we needed.

    With the low tide and the the wind making an appearance, our bite had come and gone. Before we knew it, time was up.

    Thankful we had got it done the previous day, we headed in. To be able to participate in the final 12 was a cool experience.

    Met some cool people and had a blast at the event. Thank you to everyone who made it possible and also to my father who made the last minute call that saved the day.

    Tips: Notes:

    The bass are in all three stages of the spawn. You still have some pre-spawners, spawners, and post-spawners. Pick your poison when chasing them.

    Fishing slow was the main key to getting bit. The reaction baits got lots of short strikes, might be switching over to a crankbait soon.

    These fish are also getting hammered right now, so thinking outside the box may be the key to getting that extra bite.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

  • Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:31 am

    California Delta 4/10/2018
    Water Temp 60-64
    Visibility 1 – 4 feet
    Wind 5 – 15 mph

    Another little front is moving through the area… better go fishing…

    Got out on the water around 7:00 in the morning. Conditions looked great, overcast skies with a light breeze. We had high hopes for the day, but were cautiously optimistic.

    Made a short run to our first spot. The tide was just bottoming out, and we could see clean weeds with clear patches all around. This area was sure to be a spawning flat.

    After some pitches with the Senko and no bites, my father switched to a drop-shot and almost instantly got bit. He set the hook and his rod doubled over. A good five-pounder thumped on the deck (definitely set high expectations for the day with that fish).

    Knowing the fish are most likely shallow, I switched to a frog. Working along weed edges seemed to be the most effective compared to working over the weeds. This yielded me my first frog fish of the year. Solid three-pounders seemed to like chomping the frog.

    Around 11 is when the wind started to pick up, we switched tactics in favor of reaction baits. A craw colored crank worked well, but the spinnerbait seemed to consistently get the nicer fish.

    For the remainder of the day, we worked our way to the Central Delta. The bite was very consistent on the weed flats near spawning grounds. We picked up lots of males when casting closer to shore, but backing a few yards off the same area and casting to the outside weeds got us the bigger females.

    Overall, we ended the day with around 19 pounds for the best five. Fishing was consistent throughout the day, but when the wind picked up, the fishing was even better.

    Senkos, Drop-shots, and frogs worked best when the wind was calm, but when it picked up, crankbaits and spinnerbaits did the rest of the damage.