Here is a look at the Delta Fishing Report for the week of 22-28 while the Ultimate Frog Challenge is just a couple weeks away.
For 13 years the Frog Tournament has been the marquee event for bass anglers that enjoy summertime topwater fishing. The Ultimate Frog Challenge has evolved into what anglers have said they always wanted: the opportunity to fish a Frogs ONLY event – with ANY BRAND OF TOP WATER FROG they choose! Pro Z Frogs has jumped into the Ultimate Frog Challenge – “Battle of the Frogs” event for this weekend, and Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley, now is offering a $250 bounty for the Pro or Am team that wins the event – that purchased a Pro Z Frog from Dan’s Delta Outdoors prior to the event!
Looked for a few anxious Salmon anglers while there were a few looking didn’’t get any successful Salmon reports Although as the temperatures stabilized this week and boat traffic No Kings yet. Smallmouth are a great target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums . Wadda Jigs, and Plastics are good choices here for the hard fighting smallies.
The Sacramento Turning Basin is really the unsung hero here as there continues to be stripes caught there by lure tossers. Hair Jigs and small shad patterns are the top choices here as well. Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove.
A few anglers are still scoring schoolie sized stripers in the Indian Creek side. Crankbaits are scoring bass on the main runway rock walls. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion Vicious Frogs and R2Sea BullyWa II are top Frogs the nod here. While out preparing for the upcoming ULTIMATE FROG TOURNAMENT in the Discovery Bay area, I was fishing sparse tules on the down current side of a point of the out going tide, when this 9.5lbs bass smacked a white SAVAGE GEAR 3D Hollow Belly Frog. I was using a OKUMA TCS 7′ 3″ Frog Rod paired OKUMA TCS HELIOS Real spooled 65lb VICIOUS Fishing line With the wind Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits getting hammered! Megastrike Buzz baits getting a lot of attention. Wadda Jig bite on points is also decent!
Anglers in search of stripers are finding the bite to be tough but still those who stick with it are getting small keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Anchovies and Sardines ae finding fun action. Sturgeon success has come on the outgoing tide with pile worms, eel and roe. Broad Slough, Bouy 1 and Pittsburg PG&E are good bets. Not great by any means but a fun way to spend the Hot summer evenings. Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Punching jigs and Whopper Ploppers rocking the bass.