California Delta

Updated June 29, 2020

DELTA, Sacramento Side — Shad, striped bass, and sturgeon are primarily on hiatus, and smallmouth bass, bluegill, and catfish are the top species. The river salmon opener is on July 16th, and there is optimism for a solid river season. Largemouth bass are found in the north Delta sloughs with spinnerbaits when the wind is blowing or frogs while smallmouth bass are holding in the rocks along the Old Sacramento River towards Walnut Grove with RoboWorms or Senkos on a drop-shot. A few stripers are found in the north Delta with cut baits of shad, sardines, or anchovies coated with garlic spray. The wind has limited boaters in Suisun Bay, but there have been sturgeon taken from the Eckley Pier or the shorelines along Glen Cove with grass shrimp.

DELTA, San Joaquin side — Largemouth bass continue to be the top species, and the topwater bite has been excellent with a variety of frogs including those for open water and also in heavy cover. The bass are clearly oriented towards current, and they are holding in the heaviest cover under the mats. Punching the mats with heavy weights was the top producer during Saturday’s 101-boat Best Bass Tournament out of Ladd’s Marina in Stockton. The ima Finesse Popper and El Choppo 90 are effective topwater lures, but you have to be accurate with casting. Few trollers are targeting striped bass, but there are schoolies to be had on deep-diving lures from False River east to the Antioch Bridge. In the south Delta sloughs, bluegill and perch are the top species with red worms, jumbo red worms, or mini-crawlers off of Eight Mile Road, Whiskey Slough, or Bacon Island.