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Thursday, January 28th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Rivers end at 09;00. Had to go around the island, Hyacinth was too bad in front of pump station. Fished around Coney Island to avoid the Hyacinth. No luck, tried top water, spoon, and winter crawdad jig. Got desperate, and tried anchovies. Lots of small bites on main river next to Clifton Fore bay. Tried to make it back past the Hyacinth at the pump station and got stuck. Had to leave boat overnight. The pumping station boys pulled me out on the next morning. Thanks guys. Needless to say, won't be using Rivers End for awhile.

    Tips: It's not getting out of Rivers End that's the problem. The pump station gang clears the weeds during the day, but they go home around 4;30. After that the weeds just start pilling up. So getting back can be very difficult.

Monday, January 25th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Cooch what part of the river might i ask?

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

  • Report: From Cooch's Fishing
    The big fish bite was crazy on the River today, we got five toads, the first one being the only one that's worthy of posting. After nearly two hours of not getting bit with a black blue jig, I picked up the brown jig with the olive pork, very first pitch and was immediately rewarded with my first teener of 2016! That's the second 10+ ta fall for a jig in a week here for me! The bite was a slow grind, but really got good about 12:30-1:00p when we had that 45 minute gully washer of a down pour. I had Ray take a pic of the scale, 13lb 2oz, I'll take it!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Bite is surprisingly wide open on reaction baits, blades, cranks, ripbaits, jigs and of coarse dropshot all producing. if you are tough to brave the cold mornings you can be rewarded with some stud bass right now.
    best depth has been 8-11ft. no problem getting 20 or more bites a day and mid- high teens for 5 fish

Monday, December 28th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched from orwood at sunrise. Jogged down to lido bay. Started off tossing jerkbaits at the slips saw 1 dink follower. Then started to drop shot the pylons zip. About 11 picked apart each dock dead sticking a jig with short hops stuck a 3.2 and a 4.1 back to back casts. I couldnt believe it. No real patter took off. 2 fish 2 bites that was it.

    Tips: Wear gloves and fish slow real slow. Slow as you can it sucks.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of rivers end, Water Resources cleared hyacinth near pump station. Looked so good, I had to fish the area across from the electrical tower. Tide was coming in. Tried top water and a swim bait, got nothing. Headed around the corner toward Oasis. Fished the big side of the canal first. Got nothing, talked to a couple other boats, they had nothing. Headed to the smaller side. Caught a couple small stripers on a large gold kastmaster. Headed to the Clifton Forebay dock area. Tide was heading out at about 3pm, got nothing. Switched to chicken livers and caught a bunch of really small stripers. Back to the drawing room to draw up a new plan for next week. Good luck.

Friday, December 11th, 2015

  • Report: Delta Report…. Bait fishing Stripers Sturgeon Solid

    Isleton
    Salmon winds downs and striper sturgeon takes off. Salmon anglers still seeing quality fish most have started changing there focus. Silvertrons leading the way for for the last salmon of the season. Cooling water have slowed the stripers in the Cache Slough area. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers in the area.

    Walnut Grove .
    Slow for the trolling anglers, but stripers cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Savage Prey series and Angry Eyes are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for chartreuse patterns here. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional Sturgeon or Striper those looking for Cold night fun. Bass anglers try some smallie fishing, crankbaits and brown blue jigs and getting the Smallmouth.

    Discovery Bay
    Stripers finally showing in solid numbers on both sides of Disco Bay. Some nice black bass coming out of Discovery Bay this week. Bigger fish have been falling for a 8" Savage Gear 3D GLIDE SWIMMER in the Hitch color. Dropshotting will put more fish in the boat but the size is just not there. Remember to throw those big baits you need the right equipment, try the OKUMA TCS 7'11" Mat Daddy rod and OKUMA TCS HELIOS reel spooled with 65lb VICIOUS braided line, make sure to have good polarized glasses on because you are going to see some big fish coming to check out this bait. Dress warm and enjoy the your time in Discovery Bay. –Charlie King

    Frank’s Tract
    Stripers and bass bite both OK but ya gotta Slow down with the cold temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. 6th Sense Ripbaits are great options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention as well. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swim Baits, like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

    West Delta
    Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines allow Sherman Island rd like on Bubba Murphy caught this week . George Cardinale was soaking eel and landed a Nice Striper as well..

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Friday, December 4th, 2015

  • Report: Delta Report…. Bait fishing Stripers Sturgeon Solid

    Isleton
    Looks good as Salmon anglers take advantage of rain and cooler water temperatures with Silvertrons leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler storms. The salmon bite remains good as season winds down. Salmon anglers are seeing success.

    Walnut Grove .
    Slow for the trolling anglers, but fish cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Savage Prey series and Angry Eyes are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for chartreuse patterns here. Bank anglers livers and cut baits prevail for plenty 2 to 4 pound catfish evenings are top for those looking for night fun. Bass anglers try some smallie fishing, crankbaits and brown blue jigs and getting the Smallmouth.

    Discovery Bay
    Some nice fish coming out of Discovery Bay this week. Bigger fish have been falling for a 8" Savage Gear 3D GLIDE SWIMMER in the Hitch color. Dropshot will put more fish in the boat but the size is just not there. Remember to throw those big baits you need the right equipment, try the OKUMA TCS 7'11" Mat Daddy rod and OKUMA TCS HELIOS reel spooled with 65lb VICIOUS braided line, make sure to have good polarized glasses on because you are going to see some big fish coming to check out this bait. Dress warm and enjoy the your time in Discovery Bay. –Charlie King

    Frank’s Tract
    Stripers and bass bite both OK but ya gotta Slow down with the cold temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Ripbaits are great options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swim Baits, like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

    West Delta
    The West as in Honker Bay to the Bait tossers are getting fish when wind cooperates. Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines .

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Saturday, November 28th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launching in the morning from paradise point, went out to the Hilton pulled up to buddy who was out there 2 hours ahead of me had two fish one 22" and one 27" High tide at sunrise on drifting bluegill. I fished the area and nothing lots of geese no fish, I tossed plugs, worms, drifted shiners, bluegill, even trolled, Nothing. Pulled the trolling motor and headed to turner cut tossed in some rebels and trolled to the bridge nothing tried four different colors. pulled up to the bridge talked to a bass boat, no luck for him either, tossed on minnows and slow trolled the bridge, for 45 minutes with the bass boat throwing everything he had at them. Nothing we both left I went to windmill cove pulled up another bass boat talked to them same thing catching nothing. trolled it for 30 min nothing, going into the garlic brothers on the way another buddy was fishing off of ridge track, he had shad and fish and was doing well. dunking shad was the way to go for the day.

    Tips: find a spot anchor and bait fish

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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    Isleton Salmon searching anglers with Silvertrons leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings The salmon bite remains ok as season winds down. The bite in the area just improved all week. Salmon anglers are seeing success. a few fishing finally started getting solid reports of success from Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. Silvertron’s are the best bet for those who want to try.

    Walnut Grove . More Stripes are in the area as cold temperatures return more in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish.. Slowed way down for Salmon still many decent Scores reported Silvertrons and K-14 getting mentioned. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Rip baits are scoring Largemouth and Smallmouth in the Meadows.

    Discovery Bay Stripers that had been starting to group up in the Marina side seem to have Moved to the Indian Creek. They are still in the area, the bait and stripes are in main river Holland riverside south to Italian Slough. Dan’s Classic Shimmer Jigs and Strike King RedEye Shad getting bit. Black Bass cooler evening temps have water temperatures dropping and the bite a bit tough. Rip baits and Drop-shotting getting mentioned often now for the largemouth.

    Frank’s Tract Stripers and bass bite both OK Slow down with the cold temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Ripbaits are great options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Weedless Swimmers like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

    West Delta The West as in Honker Bay to the Bait tossers are getting fish when wind cooperates. Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. Bait Fishing upswing! Sturgeon and Stripers are being caught, Looking for stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines . Antioch Pier scored stripers to39 inches this week. Shad is top offering.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The wind laid down day before it was tough but great, I launched late at Paradise point 3:30 Headed straight for the cabin on the left on the levee going out to the main channel tossed on a rattle trap and my buddy tossed on a husky jerk and started a troll hooked 5 fish in the 45 min only on the gold husky jerk trolled the mobil home 500 yards and turned hooked all the fish on the turn before the shack, pulled the trolling rigs and drifted the turn with perch and shiner's nothing for 20 min than bang 5 more fish in less than all 20inch to 30inch nice fish, going for a night run so headed to garlic brothers wind laid down high tide and weeds all over the place could not dip for shad very well but was able to get 50 or so some huge. hooked up the lite clipped it on the side and stuck on some live shad. didn't get a thing for an hour 1/2 tried all three holes and nothing fish not there. dipped some more shad filled up the live well and headed out to the main channel. hooked to the right after bora bora beach went to the second turn off the main channel where the shack is on the corner and pulled up to the pumps turned on the lite tossed some live shad in and bam 38 inch nice fish my buddy hooked into a large something after five min snapped his line 18lb test. stayed for another hour and nothing but live shad every where and dipped and pulled out and went to the mouth of the Calaveras river turned lite on and tossed in live shad, hooked fish so dam fast bait was gone in a hour. all small strippers. went in to the river and dipped filled up the live well went across the way and fished rough and ready turned the lite off moon was bright and hooked 6 fish all over 25 inch and two carp. pulled are rigs its about 9:40 pm no one to be seen 20 years ago there would be 6 to 10 fisherman out with lights, not any more. Headed to the mouth of the san Joaquin and fished port to the bridge turned on the light and tossed in the shad about 15 ft down 10 pulls, my buddy hooked into another pig and lost it bad luck for him. I hooked into a 36lb this one I kept she had sea lice. great color. Nobody to be found, had the whole place to my self, pulled up and went to the port lots of feed no fish but we were over the cold headed back pulled out 12:30 am cold but what a trip. heading out sat will give you an update

    Tips: need a shad dip net, shop lite with a clamp cut off the plug and buy some clamps and attach to cord, need an dc RV bulb and hook to the side of the boat, extra battery is a must

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: launched out of paradise point. went straight to the main channel went to the Hilton island across on the south east end, when I pulled up fly fisherman were catching strippers one every three cast casting at the tules notice they were using striper darts shad black and white and silver, the other fisherman was using the blue,white and silver. Did see them over the hour of being there releasing 25+ fish, one of the fisherman pulled a 15 to 18lb stripper and released it cool. when I pulled up I tossed on a blue gill and started my slow troll being there 3 min hooked into a 31 inch fish, after that had some shiners tossed one in and 14 inch fish, bunch of them 10 inch to 20 inch fish lost count, after 2 hours pulled up and went across windmill cove on the corner going into 14 mile slough, threw on a rattle trap blue with a white tail and trolled the edge all the way down to the tree and hooked 8 fish in a hour all small fish did get to nice 6 lb black bass in the process. headed to dads point and country club golf course and just killed it on whatever rattle trap I put on most fish were in 18 to 25 inch range.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Rivers End at 10:30. Lots of Hyacinth at the pump station. Wind about 3MPH. Tide was coming in fast on main river, lots of Hyacinth barges. Worked south to east side of Coney Island. Conditions were nice, but no fish. Tried swim-baits, top water, and crank baits. Got desperate, and tried chicken livers. Finally caught a few 16 inch strippers. Slow day. Hope to have better news next week. Good luck.

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

  • Report: Delta Report…. Stripes Sturgeon Solid
    Isleton The salmon bite remains ok as season winds down. The bite in the area just improved all week. Salmon anglers are seeing success. a few fishing finally started getting solid reports of success from Salmon searching anglers with Silvertrons leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. Silvertron’s are the best bet for those who want to try.
    Walnut Grove Slowed way down for Salmon still many decent Scores reported Silvertrons and K-14 getting mentioned. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. More Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish.. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Rip baits are scoring Largemouth and Smallmouth in the Meadows.
    Discovery Bay Black Bass cooler evening temps have water temperatures dropping and the bite on upswing!. Rip baits and Drop-shotting getting mentioned often now for the largemouth. Stripers that had been starting to group up in the Marina side seem to have disappeared. Have faith! They are still in the area, the bait and stripes are in main river Holland riverside south to Italian Slough. Dan’s Classic Shimmer Jigs and Strike King RedEye Shad getting bit.
    Frank’s Tract Stripers and bass bite both doing well now responded well to the cooler temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Ripbaits are great options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Weedless Swimmers like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.
    West Delta Anglers in search of stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines . Antioch Pier scored stripers to27 inches this week. Shad is top offering. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts.
    Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

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    Water Temp: 56 degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Big Break marina on Saturday around 6:30 AM into fog soup. Wind less than 5MPH, and immediately caught a striped bass just above legal size. Thought the place was going to turn on but no action.Heading into Dutch and continued fished for striped bass. Nada. Shot over to Sherman and a few sloughs there. NADA. Headed back to BB into the sloughs to catch some bass. Picked up about 6 large mouth bass with nothing larger than 1.5 pounds. As we headed back to the marina around 2PM, outgoing tide, the birds started diving near the grass island. The striped bass were pushing the bait fish into the shallows. We were in about 3 feet of water, lots of grass out there, constantly getting hung up so we switched to jerk bait, and stayed 1 foot from the surface of the water. Caught 2 striped bass 20"+ as we fished until 3:15PM.

    Tips: If the striped bass are in the shallows immediately get that RT off your line and put on a weedless swim beat or jerk bait. We tried top water but the gulls were all over 'em, thinking they were the real deal. Unless you like flying a sea-gull kite don't give them something to steal. Look for the outgoing tide to push the bait fish into the shallows.

Monday, November 16th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 57 64

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Tourneys are done for the year so I'll tell you how I caught em. Mostly out in disco throwing square bills , deep divers and jerk baits. Had some 25 Lb days. Late October they were all shallow, 11/14 was the toc and didn't have much time from a fog deley, but managed to grab 15lbs in a few hours on the jerk bait. The fish seem to be 5 or 10ft off the end of the docks suspending or right on the bottom. It seems with the sudden change in weather there moving into a winter transition rather quickly. The bass were deep and the stripes were shallow. Good luck out there, and for me on to the striped till January.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished 6am til 1pm in whiskey slough and caught bass up to 7lbs throwing crankbaits and traps. Some senkos and dropshot in the mix.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Wimpy's and fished the back half of the sloughs that run out to the east. Fished the A-rig all afternoon and landed nothing but stripes all day. All caught in 8-12 ft of water and fished it as close to bottom as possible. 5 fish that went 6.5 -7.8 lbs and another 5 in the 3-5lb range. Rigged up shad pattern paddle tails for the most part. I used 6 different plastics throughout the day and they were eating just about anything I stuck on the rig.

    Tips: Anything that mimics the bait fish that are back in the sloughs is gonna get bit. Bigger fish are definitely out off the bank in deeper water. Look for the birds and rip rap with spaced out tule patches.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

  • Report: Delta Report…. Strong bite continues for Delta anglers
    Dan’s Delta Outdoors Fall Striper Series #3 Goes out of Big Break Marina Saturday November 7th. catch and release tournament is the Final of 3 events. Registration 5 to 6 am target draw and blast off right at first light. ALL BOATS must leave from Big Break Marina. This is the Finally of the 2015 Series “The Open” 24 inches or better no slot, Go get ‘em Boys and girls!
    Bait fishing tactics from both boat and Bank Seminar November 19th. Come receive instruction From The Dan’s Delta Staff on the best striper bait fishing tactics and techniques.
    Isleton The salmon bite remains strong as cooler evening temps take hold. The bite in the area just improved all week. Salmon anglers are seeing success. a few fishing finally started getting solid reports of success from Salmon searching anglers with Silvertrons leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. Silvertron’s are the best bet for those who want to try.
    Walnut Grove Continuing solid Salmon numbers with many decnt Scores reported Silvertrons and K-14 getting mentioned. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish.. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Small swimbaits are scoring Largemouth and Smallmouth in the Meadows.
    Discovery Bay Where did they go? Stripers that had been starting to group up in the Marina side seem to have disappeared. Have faith! They are still in the area, the bait and stripes are in main river Holland riverside south to Italian Slough. Dan’s Classic Shimmer Jigs and Strike King RedEye Shad getting bit. Black Bass cooler evening temps have water temperatures dropping and the bite on upswing!. Strike King small Double Buzz and Poppers getting mentioned often. Jig bite on points is also good, the all new TNT Booby Trap is a great replica of Delta Craws come by and check them out !
    Frank’s Tract Stripers and bass bite both responded well to the cooler temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Walking baits are great topwater options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Weedless Swimmers like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers on Old River Flats.
    West Delta Anglers in search of stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad . Antioch Pier scored stripers to27 inches this week. Shad is top offering. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. Go On Top with Dan’s Delta Mizers, during the day go old school with Hair Jigs Like Dan’s Classic Shimmer jigs or Spro in open water White/Dark Green and White/Blue best this week . Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking Lucke Strike Square bills in bait fish patterns and spinnerbaits is key.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: On the water at 1200 fished primarily sycamore slough. Pretty steady breeze today and sunny, found a decent spinner bait bite on wind blown side of the tule islands. Mostly 1.5- 2 lb fish there. Moved back in the slough and got on a insane crank bite in shad pattern deep diving. Caught 20+ fish during that last 2 hours of the outgoing tide. All came on windblown rip rap banks in 6-12 ft of water. Fish in the 2-3 lb range and then landed one that went 6.8 right at dusk. Quite a few blow ups in the area but the crank bite was to good to switch to topwater.

    Tips: All fish caught were caught while bumping the deep diving crank off the bottom. Pausing and then fast cranking on snags draws most of the hits. Fished parallel to the shore to keep it on bottom the while time in the 10ft range