Here is the Delta Fishing Report by Dan’s Delta Outdoors for January 14-20.
Very little pressure from anglers on the river again this week. Decent tides combined sunny days ahead to be setting as the winter bite continues. Still there is some really cool water and tough bites for black bass but should warm a bit quicker with the dirty water.
Hook Line and Sinker Tournament this weekend out of Russo’s Marina will be a grind.
Very Few Sturgeon anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting. Cold dirty water has slowed the stripers in the Cache Slough area. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers in the area. Many guides are drifting minnows in the area.
Still the best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville. Rio Vista Pier also is scoring both species.
Area is under a lot of pressure from the High water. Anglers avoid the area as much emergency equipment is working the area West of Walnut Grove.
Black bass bite is hopeful as water temps stabiliz. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and slow rolling blades searching ledges near flats. Others looking to beat the Dirty conditions are pitching jigs in the gaps. Occasionally a nice sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad . There seems to be a run on Crappie Jigs. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking.
Black bass bite OK but Slow down with Debris moving through more consistently. It’s no secret what a little High can do. Jigs are great options while Bobby D’s spinnerbaits.
Sturgeon leads the way. Eel is the best bait over all, but 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 Chain Island. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines in many areas, bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd.
Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Catfish biting is slow. Try fishing at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try fishing for Crappie or Bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.