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Saturday, December 1st, 2018

  • Report: by Kyle46N » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:55 am

    This was our second trip this week to the Delta, the first was slooooowwww, but we found them chewing good Friday. On the water by 9, and fished till dark. Tossed the IMA Flit 120 and Strike King KVD jerkbaits all day. Boated 30 bass between my son and I, highlighted by a 6 lb, 12 oz fish. Also had a 4 lber, and a 3.5er. Best 5 went 17 lbs. The fish were in the 3-8 foot range, located on grass and points. They were definitely feeding, albeit sluggishly. If the bait was moving, they wouldn't touch it. We started out in a pond type set up, and it was loaded. So, next stop was going to be the back of a slough to duplicate the setting, but we never made it, as every island point seemed to have fish on it in the front of the slough. Obviously it was great to catch fish all day, but I'm pretty psyched to get an idea of how these fish will position in the winter when they feed. Water temps were 53-55 and visibility about 3 ft.

Friday, November 30th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…Stripers Sturgeon Solid Bass action settling in

    ABA Kicks off Out Of Russo’s Marina Saturday morning promises to be a good tight Tournament as Fall winter conditions settle in.

    Isleton Looks good as anglers take advantage of cooler water temperatures with Stripers and Smallmouth leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler storms. VBO Vince Borges has been putting on a clinic and for huge Stripers in the shallows as we fin ally got some weather!

    Walnut Grove . Fair 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 a few bites. 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 SHINE GLIDE. Dropshot will put more fish in the boat but the size is just not there. A-rigs and Rip Baits starting to work well now. Dress warm and enjoy the your time in Discovery Bay. Some Nice fish are coming Cranking Square bills like the DDO custom KP used to land several like the one pictured this week.

    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 A-rigs, Swim Baits, like the Bone Colored Shine Glides 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 night crawlers, 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 .

    Las Vaqueros Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the increased water temperature. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic-scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is good especially in the morning, with limits being caught from around the reservoir and more fish being caught overall. Several large trout were brought into the Marina this week. These included an 8 pound fish caught on a Kastmaster in South Cove, a 7.1 pounder caught in Cowboy Cove on powerbait and a 7.2 pound trout caught on a nightcrawler in South Cove. More limits are starting to show up from South Cove and from boats around the lake.

    Contra Loma 500 Pounds of trout planted this week have anglers smiling. While there are very few anglers taking advantage of the put and take trout fishery here that action is solid. Kastmasters and floating baits are the keys. Marshmallows and crawlers are working for Loma regulars.

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

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 52-54

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We decided to fish a little turkey shoot out of Tracy Oasis. Fished south past the Grant Line Bridge for the day. We began the day throwing a jerkbait and a drop shot. Had decent one 3lb+ come off on jerkbait. Alot of small fish on the drop shot 12-14"; not the ones you want on derby day. We started out fishing some dead end sloughs with minimal current with not much activity. We made a move out to the main river channel where the current was flowing heavier. I decided since always we were catching on the drop shot was mainly shorts to start dragging around a lipless crankbait on the steeper rock banks. Boom about 3 casts after making the switch we had a 5.5lber in the boat. A little bit further down another 3lber then i couldn't get another bite on the lipless. Switched to a chatterbait and start ripping out of the grass on a similar steeper rocky bank with good current and another 5lber in the boat. Chatterbait caught another 3lber to make a cull before weigh in as well. Best 5 bass went 17.19.

    Tips: The bite seemed to pick up during the incoming tide when current picked up. On a side note after the weigh-in we went back out and found stripers running shad right at the Grant Line bridge and about 45 minutes of non-stop action with stripers up to 27" caught.

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: On the water at 7AM out of Frank's Tract. Water temperature around 63 degrees, no wind, low tide, fished until 1PM. Caught 3-4 striped bass in the main channel, biggest around 4 pounds (two keepers). All were caught on jerk baits against the rip rap. Switched to fishing for large mouth bass outside of Little Frank's and caught one on top water, then a few more on wacky worm, biggest to 2 pounds. Beautiful day on the water.

Monday, October 29th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 64.3-65.3

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the HL&S tournament yesterday, morning started off gorgeous, hit our first spot and started with top water popper ( silver and black) caught one keeper, Tried chatter baits in white but no luck with that, tried creature baits and the bite felt like they were just playing with the tails,
    fished the main channels with he popper and it continued to produce bites boated another fish, went to fishing boat slips in the marinas and boated 2 more keepers top water, a 12.5 " fish hammered the popper and had the whole thing in its mouth sideways, they were really crushing it,
    the wind played havoc trying to keep the boat in position in the afternoon, tried trowing a small A rig but no bites.
    Good Luck

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 - 71

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:19 pm

    California Delta 9/30/2018
    Water Temp 68 - 71
    Visibility 1 – 6 feet
    Wind 2 - 12 mph

    Got a late start, launched the boat around 9:30 in the morning. The water was like glass.

    We made a run to our usual weed flat. I started with my good ol’ white swimbait and my father went with a topwater. The bite was very tough with conditions so calm. Lots of short strikes and fish bumping our baits, but not fully committing to them.

    Then our luck changed. Some of the clouds that had been off in the distance, traveled our way. With the sun now blocked, the fish started to feed. Throwing spooks, we found plenty of fish willing to eat. Once we got one to eat, the school would fire up. From there, it was just a matter of how fast you could take them off the hook. This lasted for as long as the clouds would allow. But, once the sun came out, the bite died down.

    With our fill of stripers, we switched tactics and targeted largemouth. It was a grind to be honest. I found a few willing to eat a jig, but the fish were few and far between. Then, the clouds made a grand reappearance. With the low light, I switched to a chatterbat. And just like that, the bite was on. Working the chatterbait along weedlines, adjacent to deep water, the fish were actively feeding. Lots of small fish, but a couple of better two’s and occational three-pounder mixed in.

    We followed the weedline pattern for a while, but the tide started to move too fast, which in turn killed our bite. Knowing the fish couldn’t have moved too far, we moved to the inside of the weedline. Sure enough, the fish had re-positioned themselves in the slower water. The bite turned back on. Lots of small fish and some two’s here and there. Then, I hooked a good one. I thought I hooked a striper by the size of the boil she made when I hooked her. She ran about like a train in the weeds. Fortunately, I was able to pull her out. It felt good to finally get a good bass, its been a while.

    Overall, slow start, but we finally found some fish in the end.

    Tips: Notes

    The cloud cover was key for our bite.

    The bass seemed to be relating to the 3 – 5ft drop-offs.

    If you find a good bite and then it dies on you, don’t be afraid to look around the area. A lot of times they just re-position themselves.

Monday, September 24th, 2018

  • Report: by THE DR » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:09 pm

    We made a couple exploratory trips this weekend to try and find some of the larger models. Focusing mainly on the Sac river side, we burned a ton of gas and made hundreds of casts for small bursts of action. When targeting the big girls we only throw 6-9" topwater plugs and 10-13" glidebaits. This does limit how many bites we actually get, but produces some heart pounding moments, when you do get one of the big fish show itself, by rolling on or bumping the bait. Over all it was pretty slow for us. We did manage a couple fish per trip to 10lbs on DeltaWoodBommber wood plugs. And, had a few 20-30lb fish follow the Deps 250 and TripleTrout, but none committed. It's still early for the fall run, so our hopes remain high for the coming months.

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 - 71

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:21 pm

    California Delta 9/24/2018
    Water Temp 68 - 71
    Visibility 1 – 6 feet
    Wind 5 - 10 mph

    With the new job, it’s been a challenge to find time to make it out on the river. That said, I found some time after work.

    We launched the boat around 5 in the afternoon. The tide was steadily moving out. It was nice to see our usual western wind had taken a day off.

    We made a brief run to an extensive sand bar. The birds were circling the area, which is always a great sign. I started with a white swimbait and my father threw a large towater. Three casts in, I hooked up on a undersized striper. I proceeded to catch three more small ones on consecutive casts. Then, out of nowhere, a fish sized missile slammed my father's topwater. His reel screamed as the fish head for deeper water. A couple minutes later, we managed to boat the fish. She went just over thirteen-pounds. Not bad for for only 30 minutes on the water.

    We played with the school of fish for a while, but then wore out our welcome. With the school gone, we moved to another large sandbar. The area seemed ideal, but the birds were not present. We fished it for about 20 minutes without a bite. Then, we saw some bird activity on the opposite shoreline. We made a V-line to them.

    Luckily, I had tied on a topwater. We ran straight for the diving birds, and killed the engine so we could drift into them. We both cast into the chaos, and immediately hooked up. We ran about the boat following our fish, the chaos of the moment was intense. We managed to get them in, both around six-pounds. We hastily took them off and looked for the school. Making long casts and working our topwater erratically, we doubled up again! It was a crazy 10 minute period on this school, that you couldn’t “NOT” get bit. These fish ranged from three to six-pounds.

    By the time we knew it, the sun was getting low, and our thumbs were raw. We called it a day. In about 2 hours, we boated around 25 stripers.

    Tips: Notes

    Work your topwater super erratically, once they rise on it, slow it down. This way, you can cover a lot of water.

    Finding birds is important, it doesn’t matter if they are just sitting there because they know the fish are there.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

  • Report: Dan Mathisen
    Sep 21, 2018, 9:21 AM (1 day ago)
    to me, burk@eastcountytoday.net

    Delta Report….Great Weekend ahead for East County anglers!

    Bethel Island’s Russo’s Marina will Host FLW event this next week as Anglers from all over the country converge on East County to experience a pretty darn good Fall bite

    Isleton Capt. Stan Reports Salmon Anglers are seeing success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. . Capt. Stans Spinners are the best bet for those who want to try. Catfish are the best target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums . Anchovies, Mackerel and Sardines are good choices here for the whiskerfish.

    Walnut Grove Salmon are increasing in numbers Capt. Stans Spinners and Mepp’s FC 78 getting mentioned Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, 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. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. The Sacramento Turning Basin continues to be decent with stripes caught there by lure tossers. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well.

    Discovery Bay Cooler evenings have the bite changing combined with the wind have Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits doing better daily. Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Top water stripes are showing in the deep water side. Punching Beavers and Craws getting the most better bites.

    West Delta More Anglers in search of stripers are finding a few keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 30 inches this week. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily. Punching get’s the bites the key is staying square to your target and setting hard.

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

Monday, September 17th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 70-71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Hook Tournament- first spot hit a point (incoming tide) on the main river and third cast boated a keeper, allot of stripers boiling in the area caught an undersized striper, left that area for another spot and it was windy which could have been a good thing but that area and others just produced tons of dinks, caught em on top water poppers, a rig, but the crank bait bite was not there, switched to a shakey head senko and it also caught dinks,
    on one slough caught what appeared to be a 4+ (on shakey Head) when it saw the boat it was having none of it, jumped about two feet of the water and was gone. That's the Delta. Bigger fish ae far and few between. allot of pleasure boat and jet ski traffic, be careful.
    Good Luck

    Tips: Hit allot of spots, Patience helps. When throwing whackey rigged senkos to a tule bank the boat was in 11 ft. of water about 15 ft. out, let the senko sink to bottom and while reeling back to the boat was when the strikes came.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 71 -74

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:23 pm

    California Delta 9/12/2018
    Water Temp 71 -74
    Visibility 1 – 5 feet
    Wind 10 - 18 mph

    Before getting into the report, I want to talk about some “jet skiers” we encountered. We were fishing an offshore flat, and we saw a group of around 10 jet skiers and a small cruiser coming towards us. We were obviously casting to the shoreline and even attempted to divert them away from us, but I guess that doesn’t matter, since two of them decided to cut between us and the shoreline. Not only did they blow the spot, but little did they know that they were in only about a foot of water. Its people like this, that kill or injure others. Be aware of your surroundings and be safe out there. Anyways, back to the report.

    We got a late start today, put the boat in around 8 in the morning. The tide had just switched, and a good wind blew from the West. A little front had also moved into the area, providing some welcome cloud cover.

    We ran to a large exposed weed flat, the wind was blowing against the current, which made our lives mush easier. Going with the wind, we cast to the outer weedline. On my second cast, my rod loaded. At first, I thought I was snagged, but then it pulled back hard. After a brief scuffle, my father netted her. She went 5.10 on the scale. We continued down the entire weedline and had decent success, but nothing like the first fish.

    Seeing the tide was now in full swing, we looked for some cover. Finding some sparse tullies, my father went with a spinnerbait, and went to town on the fish. I stuck with the crankbait on the outside, while he went for the heart of the tullies. This one-two combination yielded a good number of fish, the largest going around three-pounds. We followed this pattern for the remainder of the morning.

    By noon, the water had dropped substantially, so we backed off the shore. Targeting the drop, we worked the edge with Texas-rigs. Just like the other day, the fish had positioned themselves on the drop-off. We managed a good number of bass, again the biggest going around three-pounds.

    By 4 in the afternoon, we called it a day. Overall, we had maybe 15-pounds at max. With the day starting so well, I couldn’t help but think the day was going to be a pig fest, but it was an overall grind to get the bigger fish.

    Tips: Notes

    The fish are not in the direct current, find breaks or protected pockets with some movement.

    Fishing crayfish patterns was the ticket to getting bit.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 71-72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Started at just before first light so decided to let it get lighter and started at first set of tules on Disappointment throwing cranks; picked up a couple of 13inchers before heading down to St Francis/Tinsley.

    Started at Tinsley/St Francis throwing Livetarget squarebills and KVD jerkbaits in Ayu. Big brother immediately hooked into a just short of 18" striper and a 2.55 largie. I followed with a couple more, 1 and 2 lbers. We moved beyond St Francis to the cut leading to Columbia and spent most of the morning there throwing squarebills, jerkbaits, and brother likes his Neds. Nothing sizeable but had at least 4 more heavy 2lbers and a few 1lbers...and a mess of dinks.... all reaction catches were on the pause, whether pausing to let the squarebill float up once it contacted vegetation or long pause on the jerkbait. Since we haven't ventured beyond this cut for a while, decided to run through Mildred and Frank's. Wind was whippin' pretty good and we worked the east rock wall at Frank's for another 4-5 barely keepers on jerkbaits. Decided we had enough wind and ran back to the cut between Columbia and St Francis. Ended the day there with a few dinks and got out.

    Tips: I never feel qualified to give tips, just offer up what worked for my big bro and me....last week, squarebills worked slow bumpin through grass flats and weedbed clumps (what few there are); our other buddy was killin' em on his Livetarget matte bluegill squarebill (looks kinda pale yellow) but my brother and I don't have that lure so we through Ayu jerkbaits and my bro through a Livetarget squarebill baitball. We would slowly run the squarebill into the weeds, then pause to let it float free, then on the slow roll to get it moving again, we'd get bit. Similar on the jerkbait, jerk jerk and long pause til it hit weeds; sometimes bit on the pause before the weeds, sometimes jerkin'/rippin' through the weeds. My bro hit quite a few on his finesse Ned rig but i had no patience for plastics today.

Monday, September 10th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 - 71

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:13 pm

    California Delta 9/10/2018
    Water Temp 68 - 71
    Visibility 1 – 6 feet
    Wind 5 - 10 mph

    Launched the boat around 7 in the morning. The tide was rushing out, and our ever present western wind was blowing. The tide was ripping, so we decided to get into more protected areas.

    We ran to a large flat that was protected from the ripping tide, but still had some movement. We went in different directions with baits, to see what the stripers wanted. I opted for a crankbait, while my father went with topwater. I had a couple small ones take the crankbait and a couple decent stripers eat my fathers spook, but other than that, we struggled.

    This went on for the majority of our morning, a few fish here and there, but no consistency. Then, out of nowhere, the water went crystal clear. This killed our bite even more. I kid you not, there was at least 6 foot of visibility. With the water so clear, we searched for dirtier water. Finding water that was slightly dirtier (still about 4 foot visibility), I tossed around a fluke. Sure enough, the small stripers and bass were all over it. I messed with the small fish while my father went for bigger game with the spook. Sure enough, he caught all the better stripers of the trip.

    After playing with the stripers, we switched tactics and targeted largemouth. Curious to see if the bass had moved to their Fall pattern, I tied on a Texas rig. Flipping to the edge of large weed lines, I worked the bait until it fell of the ledge. As soon as my bait started to drop off the ledge, I had a huge thump. I swung and felt powerful headshakes. I knew this couldn’t be a bass, but maybe a striper. Then a good-sized channel cat came flying at the boat. I can definitely say that was a first for me on the Delta. I continued to work my Texas rig along this ledge and picked off a few good bass. It surprised me, but I guess we are heading into Fall now.

    Around 5 in the afternoon, we called. It was a grind for sure, but we managed a few decent fish.

    Tips: Notes

    The bass are transitioning from their Summer to Fall pattern. They are not fully committed to the Fall pattern at the moment, but I’m gonna give it about two more weeks and we should see the majority of the fish transitioned.

    We covered a ton of water today, but that’s what it takes to find the fish.

    Lastly, there was no magic bait today, it was pretty inconsistent. Swimbaits, cranks, flukes, Texas rigs, and topwater all got bit.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…. East County Fishing rolls as Salmon Stripers surge

    BassFest Gets Underway tomorrow Out at Russo’s Marina Saturday AM with Cast For Kids and manufactures booths and concludes Sunday with team event. Weigh- in Awards, Raffle and Fun starts at 11 am.

    Hook Series is just a week away and promises to be a fun series! More Next Week!.

    Isleton Windy Conditions salmon a bit. Still salmon anglers are seeing success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. Capt Stans spinners are the best bet for those who want to try. Smallies are getting more attention now as 2 to 4 pound fish show more often now… Jigs and flukes are getting them!

    Walnut Grove Salmon are increasing in numbers Capt Stans spinners and K-14 getting mentioned Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, 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. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. 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 Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Swim Jigs and Spinner baits getting mentioned often. Jig bite on points is also good, the Switch Blade is a great replica of Delta Craws come by and check them out ! Top water stripes are showing in the deep water side. Topwater scoring striped bass on the main river topwater look for birds.

    West Delta WOW! More 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 to 38 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.. A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily.

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

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 69 - 71

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:18 pm

    California Delta 9/2/2018
    Water Temp 69 - 71
    Visibility 1 – 4 feet
    Wind 3 - 8 mph

    We finally got our motor back! As for today, it was epic!

    We got on the water around 7 in the morning. The tide was still coming in, but was scheduled to change soon. A perfect breeze blew on the water.

    We made a run to an exposed sandbar. Going with the current, we threw our white swimbaits. After roughly, an hour of no bites, it was clear the stripers were not in the area. We made a move to another flat with birds circling the area. This is always a good sign. Sure enough, we hooked up on a couple decent stripers. Nothing big, but enough to put a bend in the rod. Then, the bigger fish started to feed. Casting to the ledge, I hooked into a good one. She slammed the swimbait! She ripped some drag, but I was able to turn her. Got her in the boat and continued. About ten minutes later, my father hooks into another beast. His reel was screaming, and his rod was doubled over. After a tense battle, we had another brute in the boat.

    With the fishing so good, we decided to go back through the area. We had some luck, but nothing like the ones we had landed earlier. Then I started to miss a ton of fish. For some reason, the fish were just slapping my swimbait. I pulled out my chatterbait rod and put on a large crankbait. I was hoping to land those short strikers, but had a shred of doubt in the back of my head. I was a little tense about throwing lighter line for these fish. Sure enough, I hook a giant, and I MEAN GIANT! The fish rose and shook her head violently. This was by far the biggest striper I have hooked on a lure. I attempted to move her to deeper water, but when fish is that big, they don’t listen to commands so well. She made a beeline to a weed patch, but I was fortunate enough to get her to swim through the trough. This is where my luck ended. As I gained some line on her, she took off into a large weedline. I barked at my father to clear the line, but I could see the fish was already a good 10 feet into the weedline. Then the line went slack, the fish broke 16-pound floro. My heart sank, this fish was easily over 25-pounds.

    We continued fishing, finding more good stripers, but nothing huge. We even stumbled upon a school of bass. With repeated casts to a weed point, we pulled out a limit of fish within 10 minutes. They are far from big fish, but they were all fat and healthy fish.

    By 3 in the afternoon, we called it a day. It was pretty epic today. I just wish I could have landed that brute, but that’s fishing for ya, can’t win every battle.

    Tips: Notes

    Finding the birds was key to finding the fish.

    The fish are schooled, both bass and stripers. Don't be afraid to cast in the same area if you caught a fish. You may surprise yourself.

    White swimbaits did all of our damage today

Friday, August 31st, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report….Stripers and Salmon are starting to show in better numbers. Wind and blustery conditions have kept many anglers off the water yet for those who venture out there are a few to be caught.

    This Weekend- Be Safe Boat Smart Wear your Life Jackets! Free Fishing Saturday!

    Isleton More Salmon Anglers are seeing success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. . Capt Stan’s Spinners are the best bet for those who want to try. Catfish are the best target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums’ . Anchovies, Mackerel and Sardines are good choices here for the whiskerfish.

    Walnut Grove Salmon are increasing in numbers Capt Stan’s Spinners and K-14 getting mentioned Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, 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. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. The Sacramento Turning Basin continues to be decent with stripes caught there by lure tossers. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well.

    Discovery Bay Cooler evenings have the bite changing combined with the wind have Spinnerbaits and crankbaits doing better daily. Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Top water stripes are showing in the deep water side. Topwater Spook Type baits scoring bass on the main river topwater look for birds. Jig bite on points is also good!

    West Delta More Anglers in search of stripers are finding a few keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 30 inches this week. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily. Punching get’s the bites the key is staying square to your target and setting hard.

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

Monday, August 27th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 67 -71

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:40 pm

    California Delta 8/27/2018
    Water Temp 67 -71
    Visibility 1 – 4 feet
    Wind 10 - 18 mph

    Had the opportunity to fish with my buddy today. Hopes were high for a good striper bite. Conditions were right, western wind with an outgoing tide.

    We put in around 6 in the morning. We ran to a large flat with sparse weeds. I started with a Punker, hoping to get big mama, but she wasn’t around. My buddy opted for a spook and managed a couple small bass. Seeing that the big stripers were not in the area, I switched to the trusty white swimbait. After a few casts, I got a good thump. To my surprise, it was a healthy bass. Thinking it was a fluke, I didn’t think much of it. On my following cast, I hooked another healthy bass.

    Thinking we were on a possible pattern, we moved to another flat. Sure enough, the white swimbait produced more bass. We followed this pattern with mixed results, but found bass were we normally find stripers. A nice surprise.

    By 10, our bite fizzled out on the swimbaits, but switching to crankbaits picked up where we left off. Fishing the same areas, we found bumping the crankbait into the weeds produced the best fish, while fishing open water yielded smaller fish. The bite was very consistent, but the wind forced us to seek cover.

    After seeking shelter, our bite slowed, but we found another pattern. By this time, the tide was bottoming. This actually helped us, targeting the weed pockets, we bumped swimbaits, cranks, chatterbaits, and glide-baits into the grass. Once the bait contacted the grass, a sharp rip and pause seemed to be what the fish wanted. A lot of small fish were caught, with a few decent ones in the mix.

    By 3 in the afternoon, we called it a day. Not how we expected the day to go, especially since we wanted to target stripers, but I’ll take what we were handed. Overall, we had maybe twelve-pounds for best 5. Not a huge sack, but a fun day.

    Tips: Notes

    The bass are still offshore. Even though the stripers are here, the bass don’t seem to mind.

    Paying attention to the small details is very important. Running the crankbait into the weeds, ripping it out, and then pausing it produced a good amount of fish. Just see what the fish want.

    The fish are definitely eating shad.

Friday, August 24th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report….Stripers and Salmon are starting to show in better numbers.

    Isleton Finally and handful of Salmon Anglers have seen success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. . Capt Stan’ sare the best bet for those who want to try. Catfish are the best target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums . Anchovies, Mackeral and Sardinescs are good choices here for the whiskerfish.

    Walnut Grove No Change, Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, 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. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. The Sacramento Turning Basin continues to be decent with stripes caught there by lure tossers. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well.

    Discovery Bay Hint of fall? Cooler evenings have the bite changing. Current and shade are the key. Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Punching is scoring bass on the main river points. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion. Jig bite on points is also good!

    West Delta A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . More Anglers in search of stripers are finding a few keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 30 inches this week. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily. Punching get’s the bites the key is staying square to your target and setting hard.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water Temp 69 -71

    Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:29 pm

    California Delta 8/22/2018
    Water Temp 69 -71
    Visibility 1 – 3 feet
    Wind 9 - 15 mph

    It’s been a while since I was on here. A recent issue with our electric motor has set us back a few weeks. That said, we got desperate and launched the boat without our electric motor. A short trip of drifting and fighting the wind.

    We put in around 11 in the morning. The tide was incoming, and we had our usual western wind. Water clarity was mixed, with pockets of clear and dirty water.

    We made a quick run to an expansive flat. The tide was rolling over it nicely, so I opted for a white and chartreuse tail swimbait. Fan casting the flat, we had a few bumps, but no takers. I switched to a glide-bait and started to work it erratically. About 10 minutes in, I had a good striper rise on my bait, but missed it.

    With no other action on the flat, we made another move to a sheltered bay. Within the bay, tullie points spanned far from the shore. Casting swimbaits at the tullies, we managed a few decent stripers with the best going about 13 pounds. Surprisingly, we also located a good school of healthy black bass mixed in with the stripers.

    By 1, our bite slowed. Knowing the stripers were in the area, we moved offshore. Targeting the furthest out weedlines, we located schools of stripers. Nothing big, but enough to put a bend in our rods. Action was good enough for a couple doubles as well. Again, the swimbaits caused the majority of our damage.

    By 3 in the afternoon, we called it a day. Overall, the bite was ok, especially since we were drifting. It took some time to find the fish, but when we did, the schools were aggressively feeding.

    Tips: Notes

    When fishing swimbaits for stripers, I notice that stripers tend to hit or slap your bait. When you feel a hit, keep reeling; when your rod loads, swing.

    White with chartreuse tails and plain white swimbaits did all the damage today.

    Fishing the glide bait erratically was key to getting the fish to react. A slow retrieve, like we so often do for bass, will not cut it. Fast retrieves, mixed with pauses and rod twitches were important for getting the stripers to react to the bait.

Friday, August 17th, 2018

  • Report: Delta Report…. Overall slow but Stripers are starting to show

    This Weekend Hook Line and Sinker open, Russo’s Marina

    Isleton Catfish are the best target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums . Anchovies, Mackeral and Sardines are good choices here for the whiskerfish. Still waiting as I Looked again for a few anxious Salmon anglers while there were only a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. While the temperatures get ready to heat up again this weekend look for no change in the Salmon bite this week. Silvertron’s are the best bet for those who want to try.

    Walnut Grove Salmon showing, Mepp’s Flying c’s and Capt. Stan’s Spinners. Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, 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. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. The Sacramento Turning Basin continues to be decent with stripes caught there by lure tossers. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well.

    Discovery Bay Really while we just had a nice stretch a couple cooler days ahead this next week there is hope for the Punch bite to be decent once again. Golden Shiner patterns are proving to be a rapidly growing favorite. Current and shade are the key. Punching is scoring bass on the main river points. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion. Jig bite on points is also decent!

    West Delta More Anglers in search of stripers are finding a few keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Sardines and Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 36 inches this week. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Mackeral and Sardines ae finding fun action. A Salmon success story or two have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Bencia . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Punching get’s the bites the key is staying square to your target and setting hard.

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