California Delta

Updated September 28, 2020

DELTA, Sacramento Side — River salmon continue to move rapidly through the Sacramento-Delta, but the action is improving for trollers, particularly in the north Delta above the Rio Vista Bridge. There have been several salmon floating on the surface in the north Delta due to the warm water conditions, and these may be fish that were hooked and came unbuttoned, succumbing to the combination of the fight and the warm water. The Benicia shoreline has been less productive although salmon are landed off of 1st Street in Benicia or at the Dillon Point State Park on a daily basis. Largemouth bass fishing is solid in the north Delta with soft plastics, and striped bass are showing up in greater numbers above Rio Vista. Grass and debris remain a deterrent to trollers.

DELTA, San Joaquin side — Largemouth bass remain the top species, and the 10th annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge is this coming weekend out of Russo’s Marina. Since the event will be held this year at the end of the summer instead of the springtime, the size of the big bass may be as small as 3 pounds to win an hourly check. Big bass limits were the rule out of Holland Riverside Marina during the Dan Mathisen Outdoors Tournament of Champions with a 27.9-pound limit taken on wakebaits and frogs leading after day one. The ima Flit ripbait with a slow retrieve has been effective along with the Squarebill crankbait, but the key is to remain in the strike zone as long as possible.