California Delta

Updated August 3, 2020

DELTA, Sacramento Side — The river salmon season has yet to wake up, but there is the very occasional salmon landed below Freeport from the banks on either Mepp’s Flying C’s or the new Silvertron Rocket casting spinner. Liberty Island has been kicking out school-sized stripers on River2Sea SWavers for experienced fishermen who understand how to access the submerged island. Largemouth bass are taken under mats by punching the weeds with Missile’s Craw Father on a 1.5-ounce tungsten weight. The hot water temperatures have driven the smallmouth bass deeper into the rocky banks along with Sacramento River or sloughs with Robo Worms on the drop-shot, live crawdads, or deep-diving crankbaits. In Suisun Bay, the wind has been a factor for sturgeon fishermen, but the diamondbacks are out there for the few fishermen using grass shrimp.

DELTA, San Joaquin side — The second of two specialty topwater lure tournaments took place this weekend out of Russo’s Marina the ‘Delta Blow Up,’ featuring any type of topwater lure by any manufacturer. The largemouth bite was a challenge due to the bass dropping in the water column and staying out of the shadows during the period of low tide due to the full moon. The ima Big Stick, buzzbaits, and the Snag Proof Frog produced, but the bass primarily slapped at the baits. Striped bass are showing up for trollers running deep-diving lures from the Antioch Bridge upstream to Prisoner’s Point, but with tide movement, floating and submerged grass has been a deterrent. In the south Delta sloughs, bluegill and red ear perch are available for those soaking a variety of baits from the access areas along Eight Mile Road, Whiskey Slough, or Bacon Island.