California Delta Fish Report
Updated November 23, 2020
DELTA, Sacramento Side — Salmon action from the shoreline took a backwards step this week as most anglers are finding greener pastures. There are still salmon coming up, but the interest has waned. Sturgeon and striped bass dominate the Delta, and there are sturgeon stacked up from Garnet Point east towards Rio Vista. Striped bass are found on live mudsuckers or frozen shad from Suisun Bay towards Rio Vista with a solid reaction bite with swimjigs in the Liberty Island area. Northern largemouth bass are also found on swimjigs in the north Delta, and crappie have come alive in the north Delta sloughs.
DELTA, San Joaquin side — Striped bass continue to move further into the system as the water cools, and there are linesides from the mouth of the Antioch Bridge towards the Port of Stockton. The area from the mouth of the Mokelumne to Prisoner’s Point has been productive on the main channel with swimbaits, and the sloughs of Potato, Connection, Empire, and False River are also holding lineside. Largemouth bass are taken on finesse techniques in the colder water, and the bigger grade of bass have been scarce as they have yet to adjust to the changing temperatures. Crappie are found around the docks in the Stockton Marina on minijigs. Pulse flows in the Mokelumne River continue to draw salmon salmon into the river with the best action near the confluence of the Mokelumne and Consumnes River for those jigging spoons into the deeper holes. In the south Delta, Bacon Island, Eight Mile Road, and Whiskey Slough are the best bets for bluegill and red ear perch on red worms or jumbo red worms. Fresh shad is still unavailable due to the cold water temperatures.