Delta Report: Hook Line & Sinker Set for Tournament of Champions


Delta Report….Hook Line and Sinker TOC Out Of Russo’s  Saturday and Sunday San Joaquin County Eases Delta Closures Links to Press Release and Maps Click on Release and Map

Water temps Held a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Catfish started stirring in dead end sloughs, Cut Baits and Crawlers get the top call. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 43, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.


Rio Vista
Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught.  Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures tipped with trick worms are key for the trolling anglers. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use threadfin shad or Red’s Bloody Eel.


Walnut Grove
Most are sturgeon fishing  now with eel and cured ghost shrimp.  Bank anglers tossing sardines and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.  Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling as the spring push starts up. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures.


Discovery Bay
River Closures surround the Discover Bay Area but atleasty now we can access the area. Be sure to pay CLOSE attention to the OES Press Releases above. As water temps reach mid-fifties the black bass bite is rolling. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Others looking to beat the conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and Big Poppa’s. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Vibrating baits.


Frank’s Tract
Lots of pasty white Black Bass are moving up  as water temperatures rise.   Black Blue Fizzles, Swim Jigs and FatSack jigs are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. We found a Striper (1) and Black Bass with Savage Glide Baits and Red Eye Shad.


West Delta
Black Bass starting to stir in the Big Break and Sherman areas. The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd.  Trollers surprisingly, it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet. Dino’s, Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts.

Contra Loma
Fluctuating water level have made more inconsistent conditions. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a wake bait or a Fat Sack Blade. Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Try fishing at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.

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