Here is the Delta Fishing Report by Dan’s Delta Outdoors for February 11-17.
Water temps continued to raise a bit this week and a few stripers in the Liberty/ Cache Slough area still very tough. Swim baits and hair Jigs have been mentioned Still very sporadic at best. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.
The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains 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 Red’s Bloody Eel. 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.
Tough yet, Striper gurus reminded me this week how many fish will use the bypasses and high water to move quickly to the upper reaches of the system. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.
As water temps warm into the fifties the black bass bite is getting started! Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs and slow rolling blades searching ledges near flats. Tracy Oasis tournament this last weekend actually produced multiple limits to nearly 20 pounds as anglers adjust to the High water.
The Dirty D is still living up to it’s lovely nick name as the dirty water dominates the scene. Storms are winding down in intensity and a solid sunny pattern ahead will have the bite turning on rapidly Very Soon, It’s no secret what a little warmer water can do. Spinnerbaits are great options while Wadda Jigs and swim jigs get the mention as well.
Solid Sturgeon fishing leads the way.as showery weather will greet Super Bowl Derby Anglers. 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 and double hook ups. Montezuma Slough at Collinsville West to Honker Bay has been best. There were few Nice sturgeon and keepers in the Antioch area around Sherman Island, Broad Slough and New York Slough. A few more nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines in many areas, bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd.
Black bass have been biting on artificial baits and A-rigs around the lake. 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